Friday: Botanical Garden Staff Return From Conservation Trip In Kyrgyzstan | St. Louis Public Radio

Friday: Botanical Garden Staff Return From Conservation Trip In Kyrgyzstan

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour Friday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Earlier this week, members of the Missouri Botanical Garden horticulture staff returned from a research trip in the Central Asia country of Kyrgyzstan. There the team’s project involved conserving crop wild relatives of popular fruits like apples, apricots and plums found in Kyrgyzstan’s highly-threatened walnut fruit forest.

The goal is to preserve genetic diversity that is often lost in modern agriculture, which is based on a single-crop system. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk to Megan Engelhardt, manager of the Botanical Garden's Seed Bank, and horticulturist Dave Gunn, about how the staff went about bringing seeds back to add to the Botanical Garden’s seed bank to propagate. 

Check out images from their trip on Gunn’s Instagram.

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