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Invasive Pests Compromise Native Trees' Ability To Recover From Guam's Severe Storms
2014-01-31 14:13:15

American Society for Horticultural Science Guam experiences more tropical cyclones than any other state or territory in the United States. These cyclones--called typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean--can be devastating to Guam's dense native forests. The impact of large-scale tropical cyclones affects the health of managed and unmanaged forests, urban landscapes, and perennial horticulture plantings for many years after the actual storm. In fact, the island's forests are often called...

Urban Residential Desert Landscapes Classified By Researchers
2013-11-19 12:45:38

American Society for Horticultural Science Information helps residents and planners create landscape budgets, manage water resources A new study contains valuable information for homeowners and horticulturalists that live and work in desert regions. The study, the first of its type to classify desert plants into nine common types, includes recommendations for helping to plan and integrate lower water-use plants into urban landscapes. Interestingly, the researchers also determined...

Propagation Study Shows Novel Native Species Have Potential As Wholesale Nursery Additions
2013-10-21 13:19:10

American Society for Horticultural Science As consumer interest in native plants increases, nursery growers are challenged to expand their product range by adding new native species to their collections. Surveys have indicated that landscape architects and master gardeners would like to use more native plants, but that a broad palette of native plants is not currently available from most growers. Growers looking to capitalize on the native plant market are looking to scientists to...

2011-12-14 19:48:57

Study outcomes could translate to energy savings for greenhouse operations Scientists know that plants can actually "sense" day length, and "schedule" their growth to coincide with specific environmental conditions. These natural events are based on the circadian clock, a 24-hour system found in most biochemical and physiological processes. Plants grow better in circadian conditions that correspond to natural environments, but until now researchers have not understood how plants' internal...

2011-04-04 17:34:10

Taiwanese researchers find spiritual benefits of therapeutic horticulture Stressed out? Spend some time with Mother Nature. Pick up any self-help manual and you'll likely find sage advice about the restorative effects of spending time in natural surroundings. Research shows that people who spend time in natural environments are more likely to realize long-term physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. For urban dwellers with limited access to nature, horticultural activities like...

2010-12-29 14:00:56

Molecular evidence supports long-suspected historical connection Apricots are important to Turkey, the country where more apricot crops are grown and exported than anywhere in the world. Looking to unlock the mystery of apricots' origins and increase crop production, scientists are studying the genetic relationship between apricot varieties. New research from a team of Hungarian and Turkish scientists has confirmed the genetic link between Turkish and Hungarian apricot cultivars, yielding...

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2010-09-09 08:25:00

A research team led by Cary Pirone from the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University has identified bilirubin in the popular Bird of Paradise plant. The breakthrough study, published in the September 2010 issue of the American Society for Horticultural Science's journal HortScience, provides new insights into color production in this iconic tropical plant. Previously thought to be an "animal-only" pigment, bilirubin is best known as the yellowish hue associated...

2010-04-16 13:41:41

Trinexapac-ethyl proves effective during prolonged periods of drought stress Irrigation water for turfgrass has become increasingly restricted due to environmental factors such as insufficient precipitation; increased domestic, agricultural, and industrial consumption; and contamination of potable water supplies. This water deficit has created an increased need to identify promising water conservation strategies and implement stringent restrictions in water use. In their ongoing search for...

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2010-04-16 09:50:00

Texas program found effective in augmenting pecan sales Pecans are the only nut native to the U.S. grown on a commercial scale. These popular nuts are "alternate" or "biennial bearers", a trait that leads to yearly production and quality fluctuations. The annual instability in crop supply and quality can cause major problems for growers seeking to develop and maintain consistent pecan supplies in response to domestic and foreign market demand. To help growers address challenges related to...

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2009-12-11 11:18:26

Scientists capture genetic diversity of wild Malus orientalis Wild Malus orientalis"”species of wild apples that could be an ancestor of today's domesticated apples"”are native to the Middle East and Central Asia. A new study comparing the diversity of recently acquired M. orientalis varieties from Georgia and Armenia with previously collected varieties originating in Russia and Turkey narrows the large population and establishes a core collection that will make M. orientalis more...


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