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.

Cultivar Specific Effects of Mycorrhizal Fungi on the Rooting of Miniature Rose Cuttings

Propagation
The objective of the study was to determine whether addition of vesticular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (VAMF) inoculum into the rooting medium during cutting propagation would increase the quantity of rooting and the quality of rooted cuttings for different cultivars of miniature roses.

Modification of Root IAA Concentrations, Tree Growth, and Survival by Application of Plant Growth Regulating Substances to Container-grown Conifers

Nursery Crops
Field trials were conducted to assess the potential to modify the IAA concentration in roots, root growth responses, and plant survival by root application of plant growth regulators (PGRs) such as IBA, NAA, and ethylene, or alginate, a moisture retention material.

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.

Regulation Root Growth in Ericaceous Plant Propagation

Nursery Crops
USDA-ARS affiliated author discusses the relationship between rooting and tissue nitrogen and protein content of ericaceous plants. The information presented is based on investigations into hormonal and nutritional regulation of root growth during propagation of common ericaceous plants grown in Pacific Northwest nurseries.

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.

Ebb and Flow From an Engineer's Viewpoint

Irrigation
Agricultural engineering specialist affiliated with the University of Connecticut discusses the benefits of using an ebb and flow irrigation system in a greenhouse environment. Examples of crops successfully grown using the ebb and flow system are provided.

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.

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