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Pecan Experts from Around the World Gather for the 1st International Pecan Symposium

1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems

1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems

The 1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems was held in the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University College Station campus on July 17-20, 2013. Scientists from around the globe attended to share insight on genetics, biology and physiology, breeding, entomology, economics, disease distribution, irrigation and fertilization.

Guest lecturers speak at the 1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems

Guest lecturers speak at the 1st International Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems

“The pecan is the most economically valuable member of the Carya genus,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “Pecans have a rich flavor and are nutritious, which has significantly increased demand both in the U.S. and internationally.”

Although its history is as majestic as it is long, the pecan crop is still in the early stages of domestication.

“This is an important time in the pecan industry,” said Dr. Leonardo Lombardini, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences and co-Convener of the symposium, along with Dr. L.J. Grauke, U.S.D.A- Agricultural Research Service. “As the demand for pecans spreads to new regions, it is imperative that we share what is known and strategically prepare for its future development. The symposium was a huge success in that it established communication which will, ideally, encourage future cooperation.”

Attendees tour the Texas A&M University Pecan Orchard

Attendees tour the Texas A&M University Pecan Orchard

College Station is home to Texas A&M University, the USDA ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics Program, and the Texas Pecan Growers Association, which collectively convened the symposium.

For more details about the symposium, visit ars.gov/meetings/pecans2013.

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