Helping Plants Survive the Cold

Plant stress

A discussion about cold hardiness and effective plant protection strategies to minimize cold damage. The Oregon State University affiliated author addresses how plants become cold hardy, stages of hardiness, and effective protection.

Celebrating Cotoneaster

Breeding

Researchers evaluate selections from this sometimes underappreciated genus of landscape shrubs. Specific topics discussed in the article include landscape performance, disease resistance, and developing sterile cultivars.

Confirmation of hyridity using GISH and determination of 18S rDNA copy number using FISH in interspecific F1 hybrids of Tecoma (Bignoniaceaea)

Breeding

This study on interspecific hybridization in Tecoma Juss. was conducted to develop novel forms for the nursery industry. The selection of species used in the study included T. garrocha, T. stans, T. guarume, and T. capensis.

Bred for Success

Breeding
Oregon State University professor Ryan Contreras discusses the Nursery Crop Breeding Program at OSU and the current research being conducted into woody landscape cultivars with reduced invasive potential, increased disease resistance, and increased abiotic stress tolerance.

Testing Two Genera

Nursery Crops
Plant trials featuring Arctostaphylos and Grevillea varieties were conducted at Oregon State University North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). The purpose of the trials was to evaluate the plants performance in the landscape.

Persistence of Metarhizium anisopliae Incorporated into Soilless Potting Media for Control of the Black Vine Weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus in Container-Grown Ornamentals

Insects
Research was conducted to determine the persistence of Metarhizium anisopliae (F52), measured as infectivity against black vine weevil larvae, in a soilless potting medium at six wholesale nursery locations across the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Evaluation of Application Technologies of Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Control of the Black Vine Weevil

Insects
Studies were conducted to determine the efficacy of three species of entomopathogenic nematodes (Heterorhabditis marelatus, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora, and Steinernema riobrave) applied in infected host cadavers or as aqueous applications for black vine weevil larval control.

Cold Tolerance of Container-grown Green Ash Trees is Influenced by Nitrogen Fertilizer Type

Nursery Crops
Using green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) trees as a model for fast-growing shade trees, the objective of this study was to determine whether N application rate and fertilizer type differentially influence cold tolerance of green ash.

A Survey of Vaccinium Cultural Practices in Australia Emphasizing Implications for Mycorrhizal Infection

Management
A report based on a survey conducted in Australia of 171 blueberry growers in four Australian states to collect detailed information on cultural practices that have been shown to effect the infection of commercial plantings with ericoid mycorrhizal fungi (EMF).

Soil Temperature and Plant Growth Stage Influence Nitrogen Uptake and Amino Acid Concentration of Apple During Early Spring Growth

Nursery Crops
This study focuses on early season changes in nitrogen (N) uptake and amino acid distribution at different root zone temperatures to test whether (1) temperature effects on N uptake are influenced by plant growth stage, and (2) changes in amino acid distribution are related to N uptake.

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