An Express Route to Perfection

Breeding

A look into the world of plant breeding and the tools ornamental plant breeders have at their disposal to expedite breeding for specific traits. Topics addressed in the article include flow cytometry and molecular genetics.

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.

Helping Pests Meet Their Match

Insects

Pest management researcher discusses the Interregional Research Project No. 4, commonly known as IR-4, a federally funded program that assists growers of ornamental horticulture crops in obtaining safe and effective pest management tools.

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.

A Simple Chromosome Doubling Technique is Effective for Three Species of Cupressaceae

breeding

A recent report described a simple technique to double Cryptomeria japonica chromosomes. The objectives of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the technique and determine optimal treatment duration for doubling chromosome numbers in oriental arborvitae, american arborvitae, and western red cedar.

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.

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.

Phenolic Composistion of Basil Plants is Differentially Altered by Plant Nutrient Status and Inoculation with Mycorrhizal Fungi

Management
Four cultivars of basil were inoculated or not with the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), Rhizophagus (formerly Glomus) intraradices (Schenck & Smith) Walker & Schubler and grown with a fertilizer to access whether 1) P availability and inoculation with AMF influences the phenolic composition of basil; and 2) treatment effects on phenolic composition are related to plant nutrient status.

Irrigation Frequency Alters Nutrient Uptake in Container-grown Rhododendron Plants Grown with Different Rates of Nitrogen

Irrigation
A report on the influence of irrigation frequency and rate of nitrogen (N) application on uptake of other nutrients in one deciduous and two evergreen cultivars of Rhododendron grown in containers for 1 year. Researchers also evaluated whether nutrient concentrations in different structures and ratios of N to other nutrients in leaves and whole plants could be used to detect the influence of irrigation frequency on the relationship between N and other nutrients.

Effects of Irrigation Frequency and Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate on Water Stress, Nitrogen Uptake, and Plant Growth of Container-grown Rhododendron

Nursery Crops

The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of water stress (as induced by irrigation frequency) on growth and nitrogen (N) uptake of one deciduous and two evergreen cultivars of Rhododendron grown with different rates of N fertilizer in containers.

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