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Breaking Ground Discussion Series: Joyce Van Eck
June 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Impact Through Collaboration: Improving Crops with the Help of Community Scientists in the Physalis Improvement Project
Join us in an interactive chat with Dr. Joyce Van Eck to talk about her research and the Physalis Improvement Project.
Jun 30, 2020 12:00 PM
The Van Eck laboratory uses biotechnological approaches to improve crops, such as plants in the genus Physalis, which is home to goldenberry, groundcherry and tomatillo. Groundcherries and goldenberries have potential to become more popular crops, but they have some characteristics that make them unsuitable for large-scale farming. Van Eck is leading the Physalis Improvement Project, which aims to improve the cultivation of Physalis plants by crowdsourcing information from volunteer community scientists throughout the United States.