Genetic Treasures from Apple’s Ancestral Home

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door. Online sales end at 4:00pm on day of show.

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, and snacks available. You’re welcome to bring food into the theater with you.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Note: This event will be one week later than our usual date.

An apple a day. Upset the apple cart. As American as apple pie. Apples are so common in society that they serve as a cultural touchstone for dozens of expressions. However, what do we really know about them? Until very recently, most of the apple varieties grown in the U.S. and the world have been derived from apple seedlings planted in North America by European settlers between the 17th and 19th centuries, and we typically see only a small fraction of the 100 or so varieties grown commercially. However, apples have been around for millennia and there are currently around 7,500 known apple cultivars grown worldwide. Phil Forsline, recently retired curator of the USDA’s Plant Genetics Resources Unit at Cornell University, will talk about his travels to Kazakhstan (the apple’s center of genetic diversity) and China to collect wild apple plant samples for conservation, evaluation, and distribution to geneticists and breeders worldwide. Forsline’s work, which could revolutionize the apple industry, was featured in The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. How ‘bout them apples?