Canadian plant breeder, Dr. Vernon Burrows, died peacefully in Ottawa on November 8, 2020.
He achieved world renown for his research on oats and was a pioneer in developing hull-less, “naked” oat varieties.
He was also a big fan of Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, who inspired him when he first heard her giving a talk in the 1970s at the Unitarian church in Ottawa.
A year after Lotta’s death in 1990, he honoured her by naming a naked oat variety he had developed: AC Lotta! Continue reading