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Gayle M Volk

Research Plant Physiologist


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As a Plant Physiologist, I focus on improving the management of vegetatively propagated collections in the USDA National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) using a wide range of techniques. With the apple collection as a model system, we have identified and explored novel diversity, collected wild species, developed tools to identify heritage apple trees on public lands, and co-authored "A Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Apple Genetic Resources". My team has developed and implemented cryopreservation methods for preserving citrus, grapes, garlic, Prunus, and other crops at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation. In addition, I'm co-coordinator of an effort to build and release public training materials relating to the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.

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