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2022 B.Y. Morrison Memorial Lecturer

Dr. Bernadine C. Strik
Professor Emeritus, Department of Horticulture
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Curriculum Vitae

Increased organic production of berry crops – An example of impactful research, extension, and teaching at a land grant institution

The production value of certified organic berry crops in the United States was $990 million in 2019, a 12-fold increase over the previous 10 years and a reflection of consumer-driven demand for organic berries; certified organic blueberries in Oregon and Washington account for over 50 percent of this production. The long-term research on organic systems that has been conducted at Oregon State University since 2006 and the dissemination of its outcomes through extension and teaching have had large impacts on increasing yield and reducing input costs.

The Morrison Lecture was presented at the 2022 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2, 2022.   

About the B. Y. Morrison Memorial Lecture

Established in 1968 by ARS, the Morrison Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Benjamin Y. Morrison (1891-1966) by recognizing scientists who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture. B.Y. Morrison was the first director of USDA's National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. A scientist, plant breeder, landscape architect, plant explorer, author, and lecturer, Morrison advanced the science of botany and horticulture in the United States. His legacy to the American public includes dozens of new ornamental plants, including the Glenn Dale azaleas.

The B.Y. Morrison Lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer's choice. The awardee will receive a $5,000 honorarium, an engraved plaque and medal. They also, become part of a prestigious cohort of ARS Memorial lecturers, and are featured on the ARS website and social media platforms.


Nominations for the 2023 B. Y. Morrison Lecture  have closed.