The Second International Protea Research Symposium was organized in San Diego, California, USA, to coincide with the 5th International Protea Conference of the International Protea Association.
The gathering of growers and scientists proved to be an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas, and it set the stage for future joint meetings.
The publication of these papers in this volume of Acta Horticulturae was made possible by a generous contribution from the organizers of the IPA Conference and a grant from the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation of New York City, NY.
As convenor of the research symposium, I wish to thank Mr.
Dennis Perry, President of IPA and Chairman of the protea conference; Mr.
Brian Young, Consul (Agricultural Affairs), South African Consulate-General, Los Angeles, who took on the responsibility for organizing and staging the poster presentations; and Dr.
Richard A. Criley of the Horticulture Department of the University of Hawaii, who not only was of great assistance in organizing the symposium, but agreed to take on the task of editing these proceedings.
It is with sorrow that we note that Dr.
Tok Furuta, University of California, Riverside, who had begun the organizing of the symposium, passed away after a short illness soon thereafter.
Gert Brits who succeeds me as Chair of the Protea Working Group of the International Society for Horticultural Science, I extend best wishes as he leads the activities of the working group during the next quadrennium.
Philip E. Parvin