Exploring Hidden Histories: Apples, DNA, and the Search for Answers


From 2.00 pm until 3.300 pm

Combining genomic profiling with traditional archival research into the history of apples in Maine potentially will answer questions about the earliest introductions of European fruit in North America.  The "missing links" between the European varieties may very well be found in Maine using a combination of research tools that combine the traditional strengths of historical research with new genomic information to answer previously unanswerable questions.  The Maine Heritage Orchard team has now done genomic profiles of over 300 trees from around Maine, and this talk will highlight some of the mysteries that have been solved in the process as well as some new ones that have emerged.

The presentation will be given by Todd Little-Siebold, Maine Heritage Orchard, at Stonington Public Library on Saturday, September 10, 2-3:30pm. Todd works closely with John Bunker to track down, identify, and preserve local heirloom varieties.

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