Upcoming Events

  • October 5, 2019, 9:30 am: John Chater on Pomegranates
    Los Angeles Arboretum http://maps.google.com/maps?z=16&daddr=301+N+Baldwin+Ave++Arcadia+CA++

    John Chater will give a talk on "Pomegranate: A Breeder's Perspective." He is a punicologist at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Chater earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biology with a concentration in Plant Ecology from UC Riverside; an M.S. in Agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and a B.A. in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Chater is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Jia Lab at UC Riverside in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. He teaches postharvest physiology of horticultural crops at Chapman University and health science courses at Riverside City College as adjunct faculty. John has conducted research examining effects of foliar applications on pomegranate nutrition, quality, and fruit split for his MS research. His Ph.D. and postdoc research have largely focused on establishment, eco-physiology, and fruit and juice quality of USDA pomegranate germplasm. Dr. Chater has over a dozen publications on germplasm cultivar evaluation, descriptions, selection and using consumer sensory panels (taste testing) to determine consumer acceptance. He established and manages the pomegranate research and breeding program at UCR, its cultivar trials, and is currently involved in genomic and metabolomic investigations involving fruit and juice quality, effects of climate on fruit biochemistry, genome annotations of USDA germplasm and comparative genomics of pomegranate with its closest relative (Punica protopunica), a threatened species.

  • December 7, 2019, 9:30 am: Fruit Tree Pathology
    Los Angeles Arboretum http://maps.google.com/maps?z=16&daddr=301+N+Baldwin+Ave++Arcadia+CA++

    Annemiek Schilder will speak to us about Fruit Tree Pathology.

    Annemiek Schilder is the Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension Office in Ventura County and the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Santa Paula. She grew up in an extended family of dairy farmers in the Netherlands. She studied Agronomy at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, followed by Plant Sciences at Wageningen Agricultural University in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Her graduate studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York focused on diseases of wheat. She then spent 3 years as a researcher at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria, and 20 years as a small fruit pathologist at Michigan State University. Fungi are the “common thread” in her career.

Our regular chapter meetings are at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of
alternate months (February, April, June, August, October, December) at the Arboretum
of Los Angeles County, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (just south of the 210 Freeway).
There is no charge to enter the Arboretum to attend the meeting, which is usually in
Lecture Hall “A”. The easiest access is straight through the Gift Shop, then down the
stairs to the right in the adjacent building.

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