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  • From: Jerry Lehman <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Krymsk Rootstock Breeder Gennadiy Eremin
  • Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:21:35 -0400

On 3/22/2016 11:50 PM, fuwa fuwa usagi wrote:
Krymsk 1 was bred by Gennadiy Ereman of Krymsk Russia and the original
which was a breeder cultivar number was changed to the Krymsk series for the
US markets.
Hello Everyone,

While looking for another photo this one was found and after just having discussed the Krymsk 1 rootstock I thought you all would like to see a picture of Gennadiy. this was taken in 2012 upon my visit to Russia and Ukraine. Gennadiy is in his late 80s and was in excellent health at that time.

With him is his son Victor and they are standing in a peach rootstock test plot. Gennadiy has devoted his entire life to Prunus rootstock breeding and spent many years traveling throughout the former Soviet Union collecting all the Prunus species he could. Back then due to financial problems within the Soviet Union (socialism doesn't work) they traveled on foot and spent the nights camped out. His young son Victor often accompanied him along with a few other employees at the Krymsk breeding Station. In 1991 on the NAFEX/VIR exchange agreement we visited his breeding orchard where we saw many of those Prunus species. In his office he had pictures of world-famous fruit breeders, including Luther Burbank. Gennadiy was the director of the Krymsk breeding Station for many years. After Gennadiy retired the position of director it was passed on to 2 others. And as I understand it after their resignations Victor became director with the guidance of his father and today remains the director. He has followed his father's footsteps and is a peach breeder at the station and his wife is the sweet cherry breeder. When we visited in 1991 the breeding orchard contained 6,000 Myrobalan plum and rootstock trial varieties.

I took with us a top-of-the-line Sony VHS camcorder and to put together a report for the annual meeting, but it'd videos takes lots of time.


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