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Re: Relocation Amorphophallus collection Wageningen

  • Subject: Re: Relocation Amorphophallus collection Wageningen
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 11:27:23 -0600

Dear Wilbert:

	We all feel deeply sorry about this situation, especially for
you and your family but also that it will leave a void in your
scientific program.  It is wonderful that Hamburg has the space to deal
with such a large and valuable collection and hopefully the expertise to
keep it healthy.  I know that some of these tuberous groups require very
special attention and recall how quickly our own collection of
Dracontium died off without Guanghua Zhu's loving attention.  Please let
me know as soon as you have a new roll 

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Wilbert
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 10:52 AM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: [Aroid-l] Relocation Amorphophallus collection Wageningen

Dear friends,

Some of you already know this but several months ago Wageningen
decided to close down its botanical gardens and to terminate scientific
curation of the collections. Also the tropical greenhouse needs to me
emptied by Jan. 1st 2010. You can imagine that the last months have been
hard for me and my colleagues as we must now find new jobs and have to
a good deal of our lives' work behind us.

Another consequence is that I had to find a botanical garden fit and
to harbour the enormous Amorphophallus collection (1500+ plants). I am
that the botanical garden of Hamburg University has adopted the
and it will remain available for scientific research and I will be
to  co-coordinate matters concerning the collection. Therefore I will
be available to you all for questions etc. Material requests will not be
easily fulfilled as before (or equally difficult........). 

This is what happens when economy takes over science & education.

Wilbert (aka Lord Phalless).  

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