The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center's annual meeting will be held June 21-23 at Texas A&M University. Highlights will be tours, presentations and workshops to bring participants up to date on research, graduate education and center activities.

The featured speaker will be Bob Corey, host of the nationally syndicated show, “The Produce Corner” from Charleston, W.Va.

The registration fee is $50 and includes two lunches. Deadline for registering is May 31.

June 21 will begin with a 9 a.m. tour of the vegetable breeding greenhouses and tissue culture labs. At 1:15 p.m., Dr. Larry Barnes, Texas Agricultural Extension Service plant pathology and microbiology specialist, will present “Diagnosis at a Distance,” a program that will allow quick diagnosis of plant diseases to prevent spreading.

The afternoon session also will include talks on distance education and presentations by graduate students.

The VICKids program will be highlighted at 9 a.m. June 22 followed by a tour of the analysis labs. Corey, an active part of his family's produce business, Corey Brothers Inc., will discuss the future of the produce business at 1:15 p.m. The annual report and industry advisory committee meeting will conclude the event.

Several mini-workshops also will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. June 23 on tissue culture, transformation, pungency-pyruvic testing and phytochemical analysis.

The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, part of the Texas A&M department of horticultural sciences, was established in 1992 to support and strengthen the vegetable industry through research. Its goal is to develop new technologies for producing quality vegetable products in an efficient, economic and environmentally sound system, with a focus on achieving health and nutrition benefits. Fruit was officially added to the name and research scope of the center in 1999.

For more information, contact the center at (979) 862-4521 or
e-mail: th-wells@tamu.edu.