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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Lost Pears of New York

Author
item Postman, Joseph

Submitted to: Journal of American Pomological Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 20, 2004
Publication Date: January 20, 2005
Citation: Postman, J.D. 2005. The lost pears of new york. Journal of American Pomological Society. 59(1):3-6

Interpretive Summary: 'The Pears of New York' published by U.P. Hedrick in 1921 for the New York Agricultural Experiment Station, was the standard American reference work on pear cultivars in the United States during the twentieth century. No other publication since has covered pears in such a comprehensive fashion. Hedrick described many hundreds of pear cultivars grown in America, and selected the 78 most important cultivars for complete, detailed, historical treatment including full page color illustrations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon is growing 62 of Hedrick's 78 select cultivars in their preservation orchard. This paper describes the 16 remaining cultivars in an attempt to locate the lost germplasm.

Technical Abstract: 'The Pears of New York' published by U.P. Hedrick in 1921 for the New York Agricultural Experiment Station, was the standard American reference work on pear cultivars in the United States during the twentieth century. No other publication since has covered pears in such a comprehensive fashion. Hedrick described many hundreds of pear cultivars grown in America, and selected the 78 most important cultivars for complete, detailed, historical treatment including full page color illustrations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon is growing 62 of Hedrick's 78 select cultivars in their preservation orchard. This paper describes the 16 remaining cultivars in an attempt to locate the lost germplasm.

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