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2009-12-11 12:23:59

Middle-schoolers' test scores boosted by integrating horticulture lessons Keeping with the global "green" trend, educators worldwide are relying more on environmental education lessons to enhance students' science knowledge. Studies have revealed that bringing environmental education into the curriculum raises not just science scores"”environmental-based lessons can also improve student test scores in other subject areas. Naturally, educators are interested in developing new ways to...

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2009-11-04 07:55:18

Mechanical thinning called 'highly valuable,' expected to increase producers' profits Pecan trees, like many fruit trees, have a tendency to bear fruit in cycles, producing a large crop in one or two years, followed by one or two years with little or no crop. This cycle, called "alternate bearing", is the most profit-limiting biological problem facing pecan producers; the inconsistent production pattern creates supply and marketing challenges that can have severe negative effects on the pecan...

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2009-11-03 07:45:51

In 'Pixie' mandarin, fruit reduces number of flowers of return bloom by inhibiting budbreak Alternate bearing (also called biennial or uneven bearing) is the tendency of fruit trees to produce a heavy crop one year (called "on-crop") followed by a light crop or no crop the following "off-crop" year. On-crop trees produce a large number of small fruit of little commercial value, while off-crop trees produce a small number of large fruit"”a high proportion of which are culled in...

2009-06-29 09:23:43

The head gardener has achieved far more than just a pretty garden. In fact, through advances in plant physiology, pathology and breeding, head gardeners have left an indelible stamp on today's horticultural science. It's time to celebrate the scientific contributions of these often overlooked individuals, says Toby Musgrave, a leading authority on garden history and the author of The Head Gardeners (Aurum Press Ltd, 2009). Musgrave will be championing the head gardener in a talk at the annual...

2009-02-25 13:00:00

VINELAND, ON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ - How does a Science Cluster work? Vineland Research and Innovation Centre endeavors to answer that question with its model for the future. "Vineland will be the engine driving the horticulture science cluster in Canada, industry will steer the direction and government will provide the fuel," said Dr. Jim Brandle, C.E.O. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "And as we execute on this vision, we are fortunate for the advice we receive from our partners in...

2008-09-27 03:00:26

By Terry, Leon In a bid to help the industry maintain product quality and slow down deterioration rates, Cranfield University's Plant Science Laboratory reviews research into post-harvest treatment. Dr Leon Terry reports The market for ready-to-eat salads has grown rapidly in recent decades as a result of changes in consumer attitudes towards convenience, health and choice. Minimally processed horticultural products, such as fresh-cut prepared salads, are generally subjected to simple...

2008-08-05 03:00:14

By Collins, Kris Kris Collins looks at how Foundation degrees in horticultural subjects are helping to address the skills deficit Concerned about the future strength of the UK horticulture industry, business leaders across the various sectors have long cried out for new workers entering the industry to have a stronger understanding of practical skills alongside a sound academic knowledge. In the past few years the education sector, working closely with industry, has sought to provide an...

2008-07-08 03:00:18

By Hotton, Mark The Government's failure to relax immigration laws will again leave thousands of pounds' worth of unharvested crops rotting in fields, raising the risk of summer fruit and vegetable shortages this year. This was the message from NFU Scotland crops policy manager Peter Loggie, who wrote to UK immigration minister Liam Byrne two months ago to warn that fruit and vegetables would go unpicked if labour shortages, caused by misplaced immigration rules, were not addressed. But the...

2008-07-04 09:00:12

By Larry A. Sagers Deseret News REXBURG, Idaho -- Brigham Young University-Idaho, might seem an unlikely place to look for garden ideas. But the delightful Thomas E. Ricks Horticulture Gardens offers plenty for visitors. "This garden, the greenhouses and the other demonstration gardens are unique because the students design the gardens, the students build the gardens and the students maintain the gardens," said Reese Nelson, a horticulture professor who took me on the tour. "This gives...

2008-06-28 00:00:33

Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager Fax (U.S.): 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 press@researchandmarkets.com Logo: http://www.researchandmarkets.com Research and Markets http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/ ee56b9/science_and_the_ga has announced the addition of the "Science and the Garden, 2nd Edition" report to their offering. "A thorough update and the introduction of new topics such as biodiversity and conservation has greatly enhanced...