Botanic Notables: The Latest Hybrid "Papple"

May 25, 2012
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A new fruit hit markets in the U.K. this week. Round, red, sweet, and juicy, the hybrid fruit is described as a pear disguised as an apple. Until it receives an official name, the new fruit has been going by T109—or, to its friends, the "papple." 

Botanic Superlatives: The Oldest Seed Bank

December 08, 2009
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In the early 20th century, Russian botanist and geneticist Nikolai Vavilov cultivated a preserve that would become one of the world's largest repositories of rare seeds and crops. The collection represented a vast botanic diversity—Vavilov spent two decades traveling five continents gathering seeds.