I sure wish I’d have paid more attention in my college French class! Guess I’ll have to rely on a French dictionary when I head to Quebec City for the GWA 65th Annual Symposium
I look forward to meeting old friends and new in Canada. I’m also honored to be speaking for the first time alongside my colleagues Jim Chatfield
and Pam Bennett
of The Ohio State University
Here is a preview of our talk:
Latin Lumina: The Fun and Function of Plant Names
Knowledge of plant names, both botanical names and common names, encodes significant information about plant relationships and cultural practices. Knowing species, genera, and families of plants helps with understanding of host ranges of pests and pathogens, issues of graft compatibility, and cultural requirements for many situations. Knowledge of naming systems and nuances helps our readers be better plant lovers. Parvis e glandibus quercus. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
Au plaisir de vous voir! (I’m looking forward to seeing you there!)