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Walnuts and the First Forest Farms

Woeste holding a black walnut
“Compared to what we know about the domestication of row crops, we know comparatively little about tree crops,” says Keith Woeste, professor of forestry at the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center at Purdue University. Woeste partnered with researchers in Italy and England to publish findings of early walnut dispersal through human cultural interaction.

On a hot, dusty day some two thousand years ago, a traveler stops on the road from Dunhuang, China, to Marakanda (now Samarkand) in Central Asia. He drinks deeply from his flask, then reaches into his sling, pulls out a walnut, cracks it on a rock and pops the kernel into his mouth. He savors the taste, cinches up his heavy packs and walks on.

This unnamed traveler would have been among countless merchants, pilgrims, soldiers and adventurers who journeyed the long stretches of the Silk Road network that spanned thousands of kilometers from China to the Mediterranean Sea between roughly 500 bce and 1500 ce.  Read More

Thousand Cankers Disease Research & Management Operational Meeting

Mark your calendar for the meeting to be held in Lafayette, Indiana from June 13-15, 2017.

The meeting will be hosted by the USDA Forest Service and the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center at Purdue University. It includes 2 days of invited presentations on the latest updates and research about Thousand Cankers Disease.

Registration will begin in March 2017. If you have further questions, please contact Liz Jackson at jackson@purdue.edu.

We welcome you to join us in Lafayette at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in June of 2017. Click here to check for updates.

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