Join Steven Lonker as he takes us to Western Tien Shan, home to exceptionally rich biodiversity and overflowing with endemic and globally rare species. With spectacular mountains, deep gorges, steppes and deserts, the Western Tien Shan is the place where many edible plants and cultivars evolved including: almonds, apples, apricots, grapes, irises, pears, pistachios, plums, tulips, and walnuts. Its global importance as a future gene resource for producing disease- and pest-resistance in our food crops is recognized through its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Steven Lonker is a former researcher at Harvard University, Australian National University, and Carnegie Institution for Science.
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