Changes in Root IAA Content and Growth of Bareroot Conifers with Plant Growth Regulating Substances at Planting

Nursery Crops
An experiment was conducted to determine whether application of plant growth regulators (PGRs) or moisture retention materials could modify IAA concentrations in roots, new root growth, and above ground plant growth. Douglas-fir, Englemann spruce, western larch, and lodgepole pine species were used.

Ten-Year Growth and Survival of Douglas-fir Seedlings Treated with Plant Growth Regulating Substances at Transplant

Nursery Crops
A report on how the application of specific plant growth regulators (PGRs) and a moisture retention gel to the root systems of Douglas-fir can influence root indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) content, and tree growth and survival 10 years after planting in a clearcut.

Influence of Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Inoculation on Growth and Root IAA Concentrations of Transplanted Conifers

Nursery Crops
USDA-ARS affiliated researchers tested the hypothesis that: (1) IAA concentration of mycorrhizal conifer roots is influenced by the in vitro (IAA and ethylene) production capacity of their associated ectomycorrhizal fungi; and (2) increased concentrations of root IAA cause an increase in root growth resulting in improved seedling growth and survival.

A Systematic Approach to Diagnosing Plant Damage

Management
A comprehensive guide for determining the difference between nonliving and living causes of plant damage. The authors also provide a list of available references for identifing plant problems, references topics vary from general plant problem diagnosis to crop specific.

Root Culturing in Bareroot Nurseries

Nursery Crops
Information provided on the bareroot nursery practice of root culturing. Root culturing is defined by the author as a general term for nursery cultural practices designed to modify root growth or morphology while the seedling is still in the nursery bed.

Application of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in Vegetative Propagation of Conifers

Plant Propagation
A report on the potential use of ectomycorrhizal fungi in vegetative conifer production to increase adventitious shoots and enhance root formation and/or subsequent root branching. The authors specifically discuss in vivo cutting production, in vitro organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis.

Susceptibility of Pacific Northwest Conifers to Phytophthora Root Rot

Plant Disease
A study was conducted on Phytophthora root rot and the susceptibility of Pacific Northwest conifers. Twelve species of conifer were tested for susceptibility to five species of Phytophthora. Report includes methods, results, conclusions, and recommendations.

Plant Pathogens - Plant Diagnosis Clinic

Plant Disease
An overview of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries plant diagnosis clinic at Cloverdale. The author discusses the history of the clinic, types of specimens examined, identified diseases and associated crops, and grower losses due to disease.

New Insect and Mite Pests of Conifers

Insects
The Oregon State University affiliated author discusses several pests of conifers and possible controls. The pests addressed include an eriophyid mite ("leaf vagrant" type), coneworms (Dioryctria), and a spider mite (Eotetranychus libocedri).

Physiology and Culture of Picea pungens 'Hoopsi'/Picea abies Grafts

Nursery Crops
A study was conducted to determine the physiology of graft formations in Picea pungens 'Hoopsi' scions grafted on Picea abies rootstocks. The purpose of the study was to identify factors limiting grafting success and improve production techniques.

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