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In Memoriam
C. Reed Funk (20 Sep 1928 - 4 October 2012)

Dr. C. Reed Funk, world-renowned plant breeder, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Oct 4, 2012, at the age of 84. He was born to Cyril and Hazel Funk on Sept 20, 1928, in Richmond, Utah, where he was raised on the family farm that he loved.

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IPPFBE is a non-profit organization. Your donation will help us expand the scope of our operations and allow us to train and hire additional plant breeders, expand our selection of germplasm, and acquire additional research locations across the globe.  You can make a contribution online through PayPal  by using the following link:

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Central Asian Apricots from the Thatcher Research Location

Improving Perennial Plants for Food and Bioenergy (IPPFBE) is non-profit (501.c.3) corporation. We believe that there is great unexploited potential to develop perennial crops for the sus­tainable production of food and bioener­gy on marginal cropland, steep or sloping range, or on fragile soils—land that is currently unproductive. We are breeding many different types of trees, shrubs, and grasses in our research locations, selecting for high yield crops that are frost-resistant, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant.  

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Our mission is to select and improve underutilized perennial plants for the production of food, timber, and energy and the preservation and enhancement of soil for the benefit of all.

 
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