Special Closure

Due to the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be closed January 18-21, 2017. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on January 22.

Lecture: Citrus: Botany, Chemistry, History, and Future

Event Date: 
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Todd Brethauer, USBG Science Education Volunteer
Not so long ago, citrus fruits were eaten only by the few and then only on special occasions. Now they are an important part of the healthy diet of billions of people around the world. Join Todd as he traces the 6,000-year journey of citrus out of Asia with traders, explorers and conquerors. See how the fruit has changed and how it has changed our landscape and the way we live. Explore the fascinating chemistry of oranges and lemons and how their major aroma chemicals can be so similar, yet smell so different. Learn how recent studies of the genomes of wild and cultivated citrus have expanded the tools available to breeders to help counter new fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases that threaten production.

DATE: Saturday, February 18
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: This program is full