II International Symposium on Plant Cryopreservation - Symposium website is online

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Mark your calendars! The 2nd ISHS International Symposium on Plant Cryopreservation will be held August 11-14, 2013 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. All scientists and professionals interested in cryobiology or ex situ plant preservation are invited to attend. The symposium will include in depth analyses of basic research in the cryobiology of living cells as well as reports on state-of-the-art methods, research and successes with cryopreservation of selected horticultural and agricultural crops. The symposium will focus on presentations of selected topics, keynote addresses on cryopreservation of plants, discussions and interaction around poster presentations. The meeting will include a tour of the seed storage and the plant and animal cryopreservation facilities at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation. Anyone working with long-term preservation of genetic resources, preserving elite varieties or researchers looking at basic physiological, anatomical or physical properties of cryobiology in plants will want to make sure they attend this meeting.

Fort Collins is situated in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains and is easily accessed by hourly shuttles from the Denver International Airport with direct or one-stop flights from most major international cities. The beautiful city of Fort Collins is the home of Colorado State University, an Annual Flower Trial Garden, weekly farmers markets and the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP), one of the largest genebanks in the world with extensive cryopreservation research and facilities for both plants and animals. A conference pre-tour is planned to Rocky Mountain National Park to view the spectacular >4,000 meter peaks of the rocky mountains, cross the great divide via the highest continuous highway in the U.S. and see elk herds in their native habitat (with any luck!). A post-meeting white water rafting tour is planned (water levels permitting) in the pristine Poudre Canyon. One evening during the meeting we will offer a brewery tour of a couple of the local microbreweries (all offer non-alcoholic beverages as well). For those who want to spend some extra time for a vacation, with a main street said to be one of the inspirations for Main Street in Disneyland, Fort Collins offers extensive shopping opportunities and the area is rich for fishing, hiking, mountain climbing and spectacular scenic opportunities. Fort Collins, CO is in driving distance of the Garden of the Gods, CO (ca. 2 hrs), the Arches National Park, UT (ca. 6.5 hrs), Yellowstone National Park, WY (ca. 9 hrs), and the Grand Canyon, AZ (ca. 12 hrs). We look forward to seeing you all in Fort Collins!

Conveners: Dr. Steve Wallner, Colorado State University, Dept of Hort LA CSU, Ft. Collins CO, 80525-1173, United States of America. E-mail: swallner@colostate.edu or

Dr. David Ellis, International Potato Center, CIP, Avenida La Molina 1895, Lima, Peru. Phone: (51)13175337x3056, Fax: (51)13175326, E-mail: d.ellis@cgiar.org or

Dr. Maria M. Jenderek, USDA-ARS, NCGRP, 1111 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521, United States of America. Phone: (1)970 495 3256, Fax: (1)970 221 1427, E-mail: maria.jenderek@ars.usda.gov

Web: http://col.st/RlEtRA

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