I seem to remember someone, somewhere, writing, or saying, something to this effect; that if all men were to talk only on the matters on which they were expert a deathly silence would cover the world. You will appreciate that it would not be my wish to say anything which could reduce this gathering to such a state. Mind you, as a result of what I have read of the Congress Proceedings and as a result of what I have heard at the meetings I have attended, I feel so little expert on anything that I gravely doubt that I could reduce you to this state, even ware I to try very hard. Even so I do not propose to take any chances and, very rashly I suppose, I will venture into matters which are not really my concern - or, if they are my concern, then they are so in the sense that they should be the concern of everyone - and I take my thesis from the heading of an article written by our President, Dr. H.B. Tukey, in the March 1964 issue of Chronica Horticulturae -“Challenge and Opportunity”, Equally well could I have taken my thesis from the title of the paper which was distributed to all members of the Tenth International Botanical Congress meeting in Edinburgh, in August 1964 - a paper written by Professor Riker on behalf of The National Academy of Sciences of the U. S. A. and entitled. “Some Opportunities and Challenges in the Plant Sciences”. However, Dr. Tukey clearly has the priority.

But this apart; in view of the fact that in her splendid message to the Congress at its Opening, our Honorary President, Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson, spoke of the challenges and opportunities in horticulture today, it is clearly appropriate that I speak on this same matter this evening, for Dr. Tukey tells me that he regards this Banquet as the real end of the Congress. For those of you who may be interested, it would appear that the closing session tomorrow morning will be the briefest on record.

Everyone attending this Congress is aware of the tremendous strides which horticulture - almost every aspect of it - has taken in the course of this century. Almost everywhere, throughout the temperate regions of the world - troughout the predominantly industrialized and wealthy north - there has been the development of horticultural research stations, horticultural advisory services, increased horticultural educational facilities, increased specialization in the horticultural industry with vastly improved mechanization of production methods. Especially has there been an increase in basic scientific knowledge and technology - and it is obvious that the future will yield far greater increases to such knowledge. Who doubts for a moment, for instance, that there will be further additions to the bewildering array of new weed killers, fungicides and insecticides, systemic and otherwise; that there will be additions to our knowledge of plant disease control by antibiotics that disease resistant cultivars of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals, with other desirable qualities, will be bred; additions to our knowledge of the mechanism

, . (1966). CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY. Acta Hortic. 5, 5-12
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1966.5.1

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