Sulfuric Acid Scarification of Callicarpa americana L. (Lamiaceae) Seeds Improves Germination

Propagation

An experiment was performed to determine a more effective protocol for germinating C. americana seeds. It was hypothesized that scarification with sulfuric acid would aid in breaking seedcoat dormancy, thereby resulting in more rapid and uniform germination.

Genome Size Estimates and Chromosome Numbers of Callicarpa L. (Lamiaceae)

Breeding
A report on Oregon State University affiliated research, which was conducted with the purpose of documenting chromosome number and genome size of Callicarpa species to add to the available information on the genus.

Reproductive Behavior of Diploid and Allotetraploid Rhododendron L. 'Fragrant Affinity'

Breeding
This study was conducted to evaluate the fertility of diploid and allotetraploid forms of Rhododendron L. 'Fragrant Affinity' and to determine if induced polyploidy is an effective method for restoring fertility in hybrids of distantly related rhododendrons.

Investigating Parentage and Hybridity of Three Azaleodendrons Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis

Breeding
The objectives of this study were 1) to elucidate the progenitor species of Rhododendron cultivars ‘Fragrans’, ‘Fragrans Affinity’, and ‘Fragrant Affinity’; and 2) to determine whether these cultivars are all distinct clones or possibly synonyms.

Protecting Container-grown Plants

Container

Pests and pathogens are a threat for growers that produce containerized nursery stock. The authors discuss how to reduce these threats by considering the type of containers and growing media they use, where they are sourced, how they are handled, and how they are stored.

Breaking it Down

Management

As interest in compost grows, so does the need to better understand what compost is, and to learn about the limitations and advantages of particular composts. Suggestions are provided for how to use compost testing as a tool to get greater value from compost use.

Feeding Through the Leaves

Christmas Trees
Research was conducted at Oregon State University North Willamette Research and Extension Center with the objective of determining whether the addition of foliar fertilization would benefit a Christmas tree plantation or container-grown conifer operation.

Activity of Meadowfoam (Limnathes alba) Seed Meal Glucolimnanthin Degradation Products Against Soilborne Pathogens

Disease
Researchers evaluated the toxicity of glucolimnathin 1 and its degradation products on several important soilborne pathogens of high-value crops. Pests targeted in the studies included plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne hapla, fungus Verticillium dahliae, and oomycete Pythium irregulare.

Impact of Fungicides on Metarhizium anisopliae in the Rhizosphere, Bulk Soil and In Vitro

Insects
These studies were conducted to determine the compatibility of M. anisopliae (F52) with a wide range of fungicides commonly applied to container-grown ornamentals for the management of soil-borne plant pathogens. In addition, the impact of fungicide application to M. anisopliae population in soilless potting media (bulk and rhizosphere soil) was also determined.

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.

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