I first waited some months, for accessions to be available. At that time, I was told that CIP would send the material to me, basically putting import costs on my tab. When they found out I was in the US, I was told there were restrictions on Andean root and tuber crops (ARTC's), probably due to concerns about biopiracy.
I was of the understanding that patents don't work, in such a way that you could preempt the traditional use of plant life (which, in this particular case, was falling out of vogue.) You either have to develop a unique variety, documenting all your efforts, or you have to find a novel use for the plant material.
I have found and planted yacon, oca, mashua, and potato landraces. I would now be interested in the arrachachas and ullucos.
When we were just married, my wife tried to bring in olluco (same as ulluco). The customs agent at MIA started to tell her very indignantly that you can't bring in papas (potatoes). To which she replied, "no son papas....son ollucos!" That didn't help and they got thrown away anyway We still laugh about it!
awildseedvt: Oxbow - don't worry you're all good. I've got rhino skin (though it may not seem it, cause i've got a Big Mouth too ) -- you're all good, we're all good.
Mar 3, 2014 16:27:43 GMT -5
will: It would be great to find an 80 day orange sweet corn to add directly to my existing population, but i expect that a an orange 90 day starch is more likely and would take that i it's i could find.
Mar 3, 2014 19:24:17 GMT -5
will: Has anyone sourced seed from the seed banks and research stations? I've been trying to request something through https://www.genesys-pgr.org/ They have an awesome search engine for maize and more but so far my seed request process is slow and faulty.
Mar 3, 2014 19:27:55 GMT -5
philagardener: 13F in Philly this morning; single digits in the 'burbs. Looks like it will be at least a week before any real break in these temps.
Mar 4, 2014 6:44:21 GMT -5
awildseedvt: Will I just made a request to the US's GRIN , no response so far. WOW GeneSys looks amazing.
Mar 4, 2014 11:55:12 GMT -5
oxbowfarm: You should have gotten an automatic reply email from GRIN. I do like the genesys search engine, I'm not so sure it still wouldn't be better to actually request directly from the relevant seedbank. I'd certainly do that with GRIN.
Mar 7, 2014 8:02:52 GMT -5