Collecting Cuphea in Brazil, Mexico and the United States

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1993
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Roath, W. W.
Widrlechner, M. P.
Kirkbride, J. H.
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North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station
The North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station manages and provides plant genetic resources and associated information. As a result of working at the station, student employees should improve their professional skills related to communications, ethics, leadership, problem solving, technical agronomy, international awareness, and an appreciation of diversity.
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Cuphea, a genus of nearly 300 species, has two major centres of diversity, Mexico and eastern Brazil (Koehne, 1903; Graham, 1988). The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois, identified several Cuphea species with seed oils rich in medium chain-length fatty acids (MCFAs) during the 1950s (Earle et al., 1960). During the 1980s, researchers began to domesticate Cuphea as an annual crop adapted to temperate conditions (Hirsinger and Knowles, 1984; Thompson, 1984). This research has involved USDA-ARS, Oregon State University and industry funding.

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This article is from FAO/IBPGR Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 93 (1993): 29.

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