Sandy Knapp (NHM) visited South China from 17 February to 8 March 2010 to collect eggplant relatives with colleagues Jin Xiu Wang and Tian Gang Gao from the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Solanaceae Source team hit the slopes at Snowbird for the Botany & Mycology conference 2009. The Utah contingent took a break from guiding wildflower hikes and alpine scrambles to host an afternoon session on Solanum. From accelerating taxonomy to unraveling complexity of Solanum taxonomy, the team presented findings and shared experiences from the PBI project.
David Spooner and Flor Rodríguez visited the Bohs lab in Utah during a trip to prepare for the 2008 Botany meetings at Snowbird.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2008 the International Year of the Potato. PBI funding delivered through the Solanum project has stimulated much research into this extremely valuable plant.
PBI Solanum team members, Mercedes Ames and David Spooner change history and in doing so highlight the enormous value of specimens in investigating the origins of crop plants.