[NAFEX] Earlier Russian trouble
iwgarden at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 7 09:37:45 EDT 2010
Is there any way that some group could buy the land--it does not seem to be
a huge piece. (But of course, what group?)
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of rob hamilton
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 5:55 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Earlier Russian trouble
People have been writing letters to pres. Medvedev according some articles
which has had some effect as far as auctioning off the land. Of course that
will not effect the actual support for the program. The only thing I feel
that we can do for them is to share their story... share our story. At the
very least their work will not be forgotten.
Jerry I urge you to interview them with a tape recorder or video. Have them
tell their story (the story of the scientist from the first contact as well
if we can) - what the do, what the working conditions are like, the state of
the program and its contents. Ed mentioned possibly working on and article
revisiting the NAFEX /Russia trip. I was working on an introduction to that
before my computer crashed.
This maybe that most that we can do, but I feel it would be an important
On the same note the is a very good but sad account of the founder of the
institute Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov who stared to death in prison under
The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin's Persecution of One of
the Great Scientists of the Twentieth Century by Peter Pringle
(it would be nice to see if the author would do a followup with this
Another book I am currently reading is:
Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine
by Gary Nabhan
I hope his collection does not end up the same way he did
Now Zone 8a!! Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Fruits Club http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Atlanta_Fruits/
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) www.NAFEX.org
Southern Fruit Fellowship (SFF) www.NAFEX.org/SFF
Southeastern Palm and Exotic Plant Society (SPEPS)
California Rare Fruit Growers
My New Blog!!
From: Betty Mayfield <bmayfield at opusnet.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>; North American
Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sun, September 5, 2010 6:49:54 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Earlier Russian trouble
To the list,
Apparently underfunding of the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry has been
going on for some time, according to an article by Gabrielle Strobel in
Science News, Dec. 18, 1993, which said the institute was operating on a
And other dangers were faced.
"Some of the institute's riches have vanished already. Before the breakup of
the Soviet Union, the Vavilov network consisted of 19 experimental stations,
six of them located outside Russia. One of these, the Sukhumi station in
Georgia's contested western province of Abkhazia, was destroyed in this
year's  civil war.
"Alexey Fogel, an 83-year-old botanist and 50-year veteran of the Sukhumi
station, rescued seeds as he fled Abkhazia through mountain paths in the
Caucasus range, says Sergey Alexanian, a spokesman for the Vavilov
institute. Fogel, his son Vladimir, also a scientist at the Sukhumi station,
and two other botanists succeeded in evacuating 226 precious samples of
subtropical fruit plants and almost the entire lemon collection to the
Russian town of Sochi.
"There the samples will be kept permanently, hopes Alexanian, provided the
Russian government absorbs the cost. The institute does not plan to move
them to the St. Petersburg collection because the city's climate is not
conducive to growing and studying subtropical plants. The 2,000 samples left
behind in the Sukhumi station are probably spoiled, Alexanian says."
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