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July 31, 1981 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-31

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Friday, July 31, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Weizmann Hosts
U.S. Expert on
Wheat Genetics

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REHOVOT — Not all
geneticists have plants
named for them. Thus, U.S.
wheat pioneer, Ernest
Robert Sears, is particu-
larly flattered that Israeli
scientists chose to attach his
name to the important spe-
cies of wheat they dis-
covered in 1976.
He is also pleased that
these same scientists are
currently hosting him for
six months in the plant
genetics department of the
Weizmann Institute of Sci-
mce in Rehovot.
Sears' stay in Israel —
motherland of many wild
wheats, including the im-
mediate progenitor of culti-
vated wheats — fulfills a
life-long dream. "The Mid-
dle East is where wheat
originated, and it is one of
the few places anywhere in
the world 'Where these
primitive varieties still
grow as they did centuries
ago." Sears retired in
August 1980 after 45 years
of service with the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture,
and the University of Mis-
souri.
While in Israel, Sears, in
addition to lecturing at the
Weizmann Institute and
other local institutions, con-
tinues his work on defining
the chromosomal constitu-
tion of wheat strains used in
crossbreeding experiments,
and in producing new wheat
lines with the potentially
useful characteristics of
disease-resistance that can
then be transferred to call-
mercial varieties.
Reflecting on Israel's role
in wheat genetics, the
pioneering plant geneticist
underlines the importance
of cataloguing and evaluat-
ing the different varieties of
wild relatives in order to
exploit useful traits for im-
proving wheat. "If and when
the political problems in
this region are resolved, I
hope Israel will be able to
take better advantage of the
tremendous wealth of gene-
tic material in the area."

H.U. Unveils

Two New Child
Welfare Projects

JERUSALEM — Two
new kinds of child welfare
services were recently un-
veiled at a study day spon-
sored by the Hebrew Uni-
versity's Ruth Lachman
Davis Fund.
The first, "Bet Bruria,"
acts as a short-term resi-
dence for children from
troubled homes in the
Kiryat Gat, Ashdod, and
Terusalem areas while con-
ditions in their real homes
are improved or a foster
family is found for them.
The second is a day pro-
gram in which children are
helped in anything from
their school work to the so-
cial problems they
encounter with their
families or the outside
world.

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once, it is an admonition; if
twice, it is a condemnation.

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