[NAFEX] apple scionwood wanted
mijwiz at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 2 17:20:40 EST 2010
I haven't been paying close attention, so forgive me if this has been answered before, but in answer to this:
> Some of these are
> patented cultivars. Is
> it legal to graft our own as an educational activity if
> they are donated rather
> than purchased?
I'm not aware of any exemption for education. I think the patent-holder licenses a few nurseries to propagate the trees, and no one without a license can legally graft those cultivars, whether the material had been bought or donated. This would be as illegal as donations of pirated software. Let's support plant breeding projects by not violating their patents.
I wonder if a nursery that IS licensed to graft these cultivars would be willing to sell you some scionwood, and pass the proper royalty along to the breeder. Then your class could be extra educational, as your students would learn both about grafting, and about how to support the apple breeding projects that produce new varieties worth grafting.
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