Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/27/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS) in Ames, Iowa conserves important germplasm collections of carrots and their wild relatives (the genus Daucus), along with thirty other genera of umbels. These collections are maintained as part of the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System and are made freely available in support of scientific research and new product development. The NCRPIS holds more than 700 different populations of Daucus representing 10 species and about 900 other umbel populations. The umbel collections include vegetables, such as parsnips, popular herbs, such as parsley, fennel, dill, and coriander, and medicinal/industrial crops, such as Ammi and Angelica. This poster describes these collections and the methods employed by the NCRPIS to preserve them, including the use of vernalization and insect pollination to produce control-pollinated seeds.