Some of you already know this but several months ago Wageningen University
decided to close down its botanical gardens and to terminate scientific
curation of the collections. Also the tropical greenhouse needs to me
emptied by Jan. 1st 2010. You can imagine that the last months have been
hard for me and my colleagues as we must now find new jobs and have to leave
a good deal of our lives' work behind us.
Another consequence is that I had to find a botanical garden fit and willing
to harbour the enormous Amorphophallus collection (1500+ plants). I am happy
that the botanical garden of Hamburg University has adopted the collection
and it will remain available for scientific research and I will be allowed
to co-coordinate matters concerning the collection. Therefore I will still
be available to you all for questions etc. Material requests will not be as
easily fulfilled as before (or equally difficult........).
This is what happens when economy takes over science & education.
Wilbert (aka Lord Phalless).
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