Rhododendron Breeder's Roundtable 1974
Dr. August E. Kehr, Beltsville, Maryland
Although Rhododendron experience in some parts of the world goes back nearly 200 years, in this country Rhododendrons are still relatively new plants. The extent of our experience is limited to about the last four decades. Even this limited information is not readily available.
The improvement of Rhododendrons is an exercise in exploiting and manipulating the available experience and knowledge about existing plants to bring about any changes we desire. However, our available knowledge is widely scattered among the members of the American Rhododendron Society. The purpose of the Rhododendron Breeder's Roundtable is to continue the start made in Pittsburgh in bringing together this huge accumulation of information and sharing it with others of a mutual interest. The 1911 Roundtable is, therefore, an informal forum where we can each share our individual experiences and thereby work together toward common goals in Rhododendron improvement.
PROGRAM Rhododendron Breeder's Roundtable 1974 Portland, Oregon SUNDAY, MAY 12, 1974 1. 8:30-10:00 a.m. - PANEL DISCUSSION Suggestions for Rhododendron and Azalea Breeders Peter Cox John G. Lofthouse Bishop von Wettberg 2. 10:00-10:20 a.m. - Coffee Break 3. 10:20-11:20 a.m. - Collecting, Storing, and Shipping Pollen - Cecil Smith 4. 11:20-12:00 Noon - New Experimental Techniques (Tissue Culture, Parasexual hybridization) - August E. Kehr 5. 12:00- 1:30 p.m. - Lunch 6. 1:30- 2:30 p.m. - Collecting, Cleaning, and Packaging Seed - Esther Berry 7. 2:30- 3:30 p.m. - Techniques of Counting Chromosomes (A Demonstration) - Gustav A. L. Mehlquist 8. 3:30- 3:50 p.m. - Coffee Break 9. 3:50- 5:00 p.m. - Speeding Up Growth and Flowering - V. E. Jensen - Oregon State University 10. 5:00- 7:00 p.m. - Dinner 11. 7:00- 8:30 p.m. - PANEL DISCUSSION Growing Healthy Seedlings and Plants Robert Linderman Duane Coyer J. Harold Clarke 12. 8:30- 9:00 p.m. - Closing Comments and Discussion - August E. Kehr