A.G.M. Guest Speaker, Dr. Bob Bors

  • 22 Oct 2013
  • 7:30 PM
  • Assiniboine Park Conservatory, 55 Pavilion Crescent Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N6


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Dr. Bob Bors Bio.

Dr. Bob BorsDr. Bob Bors is an Assistant Professor in the Plant Science. Dept. at the University of Saskatchewan. He teaches Fruit Science, Plant Propagation, Greenhouse management, Biotechnology, Intro Horticulture courses and is in charge of the most northerly fruit breeding program in Canada. His areas of Interest include fruit tree propagation, hybridization, and breeding for improved cold-hardiness and disease resistance. Recent releases include 3 apples, 5 cherries, 7 haskap, and 10 ‘Under the Sea Coleus’ varieties. His fruit articles appear in www.fruit.usask.ca.

Dr. Bors received his undergraduate degree in Horticulture (Fruit Science Option) at the University of Maryland. He spent 3 years as a technician at the University of Maryland working on raspberry breeding and tree fruit production. Then he worked for 3 years at the USDA working on bio-controls of post-harvest fruit rots. His graduate studies at the University of Guelph earned him a PhD interbreeding strawberry species.

His current research and breeding priorities involve maintaining a prairie gene-bank and breeding haskap, grapes and apples. A dozen other fruit crops are bred on a smaller scale. Dr. Bors won a campus-wide award for out reach at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and gives about 20 invited lectures for various groups in North America. He has cooperative projects in Russia, Norway, Mongolia, USA, and most provinces in Canada.

Many thought we had settled down to become a cherry breeding program. So it was quite surprising when an unheard of crop, Haskap, appeared and then a something that wasn’t even a fruit: Under the Sea Coleus. This led to the impression that we must have lots of people working for us. We often get phone calls from farmers that think we might be able to go to their farm and plant and maintain an experimental orchard on their property. In reality, most of the time we have had only a few staff, but we have been rich in volunteers. Students, gardeners, master gardeners and farmers have all had important rolls in helping us move forward.

Dr. Bob Bors will speak on two topics: the key role of volunteers in plant breeding, and favourite tips to improve winter survival with some fun ideas for gardeners.

For more information. http://www.fruit.usask.ca/propagators.html http://haskap.ca/
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