In memory of Joel Canestrino

24 April 2013


Joel Canestrino, Reno 2010

It is with much sadness that I report that my good friend and fellow onion crop aficionado, Joel Canestrino passed away on Sunday morning (21/4/13) in the USA, due to heart complications.

Joel who was in his early 40's has been taken from us far too early, and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Joel devoted his career to vegetable seed breeding for the past twenty years, with a focus on onion plant breeding. Joel graduated from UC Davis and went on to complete graduate degrees in Seed Physiology, Plant Breeding and Genetics. Joel's recent work had been developing new short-day onion varieties for the Hazera / Nickerson-Zwaan onion breeding team in the USA.

I cherish the time that I spent with him and I am very grateful for those times. My life is better for having known Joel and counting him as one of my friends.  

Joel had a very unique view of life and his approach to it. I liked how he challenged authority and society norms. He was not afraid to back his own beliefs and worked passionatly to follow his convictions. Joel was well read and could foot it with the sharpest of scholars and be equally comfortable going toe to toe with the toughest of tough guys. I was happy that Joel ended up the the same corner as me. As he commented about himself on one of his own profiles =

Thats right, "Brains and Brawn"

Steve McArthur