[nafex ibiblio list] Nick Bottner's collection

david liezen chandos49 at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 9 20:04:50 EST 2012


I used to be a member of the Nature Conservancy, which deals primarily with wild spaces. They have the savvy to work out all kinds of contingencies in order to preserve a place. Anyone with current knowledge of that group? might prove useful.
Dave Liezen

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> Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:09:46 -0800
> Subject: Re: [nafex ibiblio list] Nick Bottner's collection
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> I wouldn't rule out a government entity, such as a state agriculture
> commission or university, without giving them a chance. There may be private
> foundations, including universities, that might be interested. Would the
> Geneva repository not be interested in more than doubling their germplasm
> collection? 
> 
> ~ Stephen
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> I'm not currently a NAFEX member, but am a member of this list.  What you
> you've said makes a great deal of sense to me - letting such a collection
> potentially be destroyed would be terrible.  Too many other collections
> have disappeared to the developer's 'dozers.
> 
> On Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM, <david.maxwell at dal.ca> wrote:
> 
> > Nick has apparently decided to quit.  His property, with trees, beasts,
> > and beautiful house is
> > advertised for sale.  This raises a significant question, which harkens
> > back to a posting I
> > made a week or two ago:  what is going to happen to his collection, which
> > is billed as "the
> > largest private collection in the Milky way".  He has something in the
> > order of 4000 cultivars.
> > Compare this with the Geneva repository, who apparently have about 1500.
> >  That is, there
> > are about 2500 cultivars in Nick's orchard that do not even exist in the
> > official government
> > germplasm repository.  With luck somebody will buy Nick's place who will
> > maintain the
> > collection.  But there is a real risk that some rich developer or
> > something could buy it and
> > bulldoze the whole thing, with the loss of all this material.
> >
> > I am in Canada and am prohibited from importing anything from the States.
> >  (This is a whole
> > 'nother issue which is not germane here.)  But I wonder whether NAFEX
> > could take on as a
> > really valuable project the preservation of this germplasm, (since
> > government is unlikely to be
> > either able or willing to do so, else they would have done it before now.)
> >  If each member
> > agreed to take, say 10 different cultivars to act as a repository of those
> > particular ones, we
> > could disseminate the whole collection in a distributed network.  We would
> > need to keep a
> > central record of who has what, and it would probably be a very good idea
> > to farm out each
> > cultivar to at least two different guardians.  But I would suggest that
> > this would constitute a
> > really worthwhile purpose for the organisation.  Thoughts?
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