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Ray, D., J. Janick, D. Dierig, R. Myers, and C. Bailey. 2002. Preface. p. xvi–xvii. In: J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.), Trends in new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA.


Trends in New Crops and New Uses is the Proceedings of the 5th National Symposium entitled New Crops & New Uses: Strength in Diversity held November 10–13, 2001 at Atlanta Georgia. The four previous proceedings include Advances in New Crops (1990) published by Timber Press; New Crops (1993) published by Wiley; and Progress in New Crops (1996) and Perspectives in New Crops and New Uses (1999) both published by ASHS Press. These volumes represent a virtual encyclopedia and sourcebook of information on research and development in new crops and new uses and have proven to be indispensable as a source of information for efforts to broaden diversity in agriculture.

The symposium had three objectives: (1) to highlight the critical role of new crops in national security vis-a-vis their potential uses for bio-based products such as biofuels and lubricants; (2) to focus attention on international developments in new crops with special attention to processes and barriers; and (3) to review the status of research and development in new crops and new uses over a wide array of crops classes including cereals, pseudocereals, and grain legumes; edible and industrial oilseeds; rubber crops; biomass crops; fibers; fruits, vegetables, ornamentals; and herbs, medicinals, and aromatics. The addresses of all contributors are presented on p. ix to xv. A detailed index to species, crops, and products is found on p. 587 and the index of authors is found on p. 589.

The symposium was well attended with almost 200 registrants and included a mix of industry representatives, academics, and farmers. The 3-1/2 day program consisted of invited papers, posters, panel discussions, a banquet, and tours of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There was vigorous audience participation and a broad exchange of information at both the formal presentations and in corridor discussions. Our keynote speakers were R. James Woolsey, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, who delivered a moving address on Agriculture and National Security and Ralph Hardy, President of the National Biotechnology Council, who presented an outstanding overview of agriculture and its bio-based economy.

This symposium was jointly sponsored by the Association of the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC), the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products, the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, and the New Uses Council, Inc. We especially acknowledge the generous financial support of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CREES). Other co-sponsors include the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), the US Water Conservation Laboratory, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We gratefully acknowledge many of our colleagues for their assistance with the symposium. Among the many, we thank Francis Nakayama for preparation of the Abstract book, Gail Dahlquist and Valerie Teetor for registration, and Terry Coffelt, Terry Isbell, and Carmela Bailey who served as poster judges.

It is our distinct pleasure to dedicate this volume to Robert Kleiman, a distinguished scientist, who for many years was associated with the USDA-ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research at Peoria, Illinois. Bob’s research and leadership has been at the forefront of the development and commercialization of a wide array of new industrial crops. He has worked on the composition and characterization of lipids from wild oilseeds, analytical methods, germplasm evaluation, allelopathy, and, most importantly, the development of applications toward industrial uses. His publications were the first to report on lipids such as the unique fatty acids and triglycerides, as well as other natural products, in crops such as lesquerella, vernonia, jojoba, meadowfoam, and Euphorbia lagascae. Dr. Kleiman’s dedication to new crop development and the distinguished quality of his research have been an inspiration to us all.

Robert Kleiman

The Conference Organizing Committee
Dennis Ray, President, Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops
Jules Janick, Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products
Dave Dierig, US Water Conservation Laboratory
Robert Myers, Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute
Carmela Bailey, United States Department of Agriculture, CSREES