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Release date: IMMEDIATELY
Date: April 20, 2004
Contact: Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist ~ (909) 798-5048 ~

Event date: Wednesday evening April 28, 2004

Dangerous Liaisons at the County Museum

Dr. Norman Ellstrand will deliver a guest lecture entitled "Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate with Their Wild Relatives" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The lecture is open to public at no charge.

Ellstrand is a professor of genetics at the University of California Riverside. He is director of the University's new Biotechnology Impacts Center and the author of a recently published book about the escape of engineered genes into natural plant populations. In his presentation, he will offer an overview of the current state of genetic engineering of plants. He will outline some of the primary environmental concerns and then address his research focus: what might happen if pollen carries these genes move from improved crops into the wild? Are there lessons from traditionally improved crops that can help predict the future environmental impacts of engineered plants?

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.

Kamelyta Plimley, Marketing Assistant
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA 92374
Tel (909) 798-9829 Fax (909) 748-7763



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