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Mark you calendars for 2006! The next IAPTC&B Congress, “Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond”, will be held in Beijing, China from August 13-18, 2006.

The International Association of Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology (IAPTC&B) is organizing a Plant Micropropagation meeting on May 4-5 in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference is “Micropropagation – Technology and Production.” The first day of the meeting will be held at Leu Gardens (http/www.leugardens.org). On the second day, after a tour of Leu Gardens, participants will board a bus and spend the day touring several of the local commercial tissue culture laboratories including AgriStarts, the University of Florida tissue culture lab in Apopka, and Casa Flora. You may register for one or both days.

The speakers for the conference are a combination of commercial and academic authorities in Plant Tissue Culture. The speakers on May 4 include Dr. Paul Read of the University of Nebraska, Dr. John Preece of Southern Illinois University, Mr. Ray Gillis of Agristarts, Dr. Ken Torres of Phytotechnology Labs, Mr. Kent Kratz of Casa Flora, Mr. Gary Hennen of Oglesby, Dr. Jerzy Nowak from VPI, 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. Reservations should be made before April 15 to guarantee these rates.

If you are interested in registering for the meeting or if you want to find out more information, contact Dr. Mark Bridgen at: E-mail: gcaputo@nrcan.gc.ca or Tel: 631-727-3595.

Finally, special thanks go out to Dr. Randy Niedz and Barbara Mendes of the US Horticultural Research Laboratory in Ft. Peirce, FL for serving as the local site committee for the 2004 meeting.

Mark Bridgen, US Correspondent
E-mail: mpb27@cornell.edu