Mark Bridgen, IAPTC&B US Correspondent

The IAPTC&B, in cooperation with the International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS), are sponsoring a Plant Micropropagation meeting themed: “Micropropagation Technology and Production.” The two-day meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 5, in Orlando, Florida. The conference begins on Tuesday at the beautiful Leu Gardens (check it out at http/ with a day packed with exciting speakers. On Wednesday, participants will board a bus in the morning and spend the day touring several of the local commercial tissue culture laboratories including AgriStarts, the University of Florida research lab in Apopka, and tentatively, the tissue culture laboratory at Epcot. You may register for one day or for both.

The speakers for the conference are a combination of commercial and academic authorities in Plant Tissue Culture. Some of the speakers on May 4 include Dr. Paul Read of the University of Nebraska, Dr. John Preece of Southern Illinois University, Mr. Randy Strode of Agristarts, Dr. Ken Torres of Phytotechnology Labs, Mr. Kent Kratz of Casa Flora, Dr. Mark Bridgen of Cornell University, and Dr. Randy Niedz of the US Horticultural Research Lab.

Conference participants will be able to stay a few miles away from Leu Gardens at the Best Western Mt Vernon Inn in Winter Park. There are 2 types of rooms available at very reasonable prices. You can stay in a standard room for $59/night or a deluxe room for $69/night. You are responsible for making you own arrangements with the Best Western by calling 800-992-3379 or 407-647-1166. Make your reservations before April 15 to guarantee these rates.

At the time of this printing, the program is still evolving. However, by the time you receive this Newsletter, the program and registration fees will be determined. If you are interested in registering for the meeting or if you want to find out more information, contact me at the E-mail address above or at:

Cornell University
3059 Sound Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Tel: 631-727-3595