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Beyond botany to genetic resource preservation: the S.P. Vander Kloet Vaccinium collections.

Hummer, K.E., Jamieson, A.R., and Newell, R.E. (2012). "Beyond botany to genetic resource preservation: the S.P. Vander Kloet Vaccinium collections.", Botany, 90(5), pp. 337-346. doi : 10.1139/B11-102  Access to full text


Sam P. Vander Kloet, botanist, traveled the world examining and obtaining specimens to redefine infrageneric taxonomic units within Vaccinium L., family Ericaceae. Besides his botanical treatises, his legacy includes herbarium voucher specimens and ex situ genetic resource collections including a seed bank and living plant collections at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada; the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; the Canadian Clonal Genebank, Harrow, Ontario, Canada; and the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, Oregon, United States. Sam P. Vander Kloet’s collections include representatives of wild Ericaceae with special emphasis on collections of North American and subtropical endemic Vaccinium species. These reference collections are significant and represent a lifetime of dedicated research. Representatives of his heritage collections have now been deposited not only in American genebanks (in Canada and the United States) but also in the World Genebank in Svalbard, Norway, for long term conservation and future evaluation of Vaccinium for the service of humanity. The bequest of his wild collected germplasm will continue to be available to facilitate utilization of an extended Vaccinium gene pool for development and breeding throughout the world.

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