Volume 73 Number 2 Article 7 Pages: 139-144
Year 2019 Month 4
Title: David Grandison Fairchild: Plant hunter extraordinaire and father of foreign plant introduction
Author: Nahla V. Bassil
David Grandison Fairchild was the world renowned plant explorer who founded the Office of Seed and Plant Introduction, the predecessor of the current National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), in 1897. By the time he retired in 1933, he and his Plant Explorers had introduced over 80,000 accessions, which included many of the fruits we enjoy today such as mangos, nectarines, pistachios and dates.
His legacies are numerous and include the NPGS, many of our food and fruit crops, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, The Kampong, and most of all his philosophy of free exchange of genetic resources worldwide.
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