, :1.Toshijiro Okuto is a horticulturist on the staff of the Hyogo Prefecture Flower Center, a kind of botanical garden in Kakogawa, Japan. While he was formerly responsible for growing most of the gesneriads there, he is now Deputy Director and has limited his interests to Streptocarpus and Chirita. Mr. Okuto is one of the individuals most responsible for the recent introduction of a number of new and exciting Chirita cultivars.

2. Katsutomo Tanaka is a horticulturist at the Hyogo Prefecture Flower Center, in Kakogawa, Japan, where he is responsible for the care of the gesneriad collection. Mr. Tanaka is involved in hybridizing gesneriads, and is particularly interested in Streptocarpus.
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