Introduction to ‘guest blog’ (by Shelagh McCartan)
In 2006, I was lucky enough to meet Ben Wang at the IUFRO conference in Fredericton, Canada. Ben has had a long, productive, and interesting career. At the age of 90, he has decided to ‘retire’! We wish him all the best in the future!
Guest Blog by Ben Wang (just retired)
It has been 50 years since I started to work with tree seed at Petawawa Forest Experiment Station , Petawawa National Forestry Institute and Petawawa Research Forest as a research Officer, research scientist and emeritus research scientist. After 34 years of tree seed testing and research with the National Tree Seed Centre, I retired in 1994 and continued with some consultancy, visiting scientist and volunteer work in tree seed. I would like to tell you friends that I had a very interesting career in Tree seed for which I must express my appreciation to Dr. Milan Simak of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who led and organized the IUFRO Tree Seed Group following the 1973 International Symposium in Bergan, Norway. It was Dr. Simak’s leadership that we had many years of fruitful interesting tree seed work done internationally. In Canada, we were lucky to have the Tree Seed Working Group and I am happy to see the Tree Seed Working Group’s News Bulletin are continued worldwide readership after 33 years. I have a plea to our colleagues that there are more in-depth work required in seed science and technology for us to discover. Good luck and good- bye.