American Society for Horticultural Science

American Society for Horticultural Science ASHS supports science for specialty crops: global solutions for nutritious food sources and healthy, beautiful environments. We promote and encourage national and international interest in scientific research and education in all areas of horticulture.
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Established in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science is recognized around the world as one of the most respected and influential professional societies for horticultural scientists. ASHS is committed to promoting and encouraging national and international interest in scientific research and education in all branches of horticulture. Comprised of thousands of members worldwide, ASHS represents a broad cross-section of the horticultural community - scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension agents and industry professionals. ASHS members focus on practices and problems in horticulture: breeding, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of horticultural plants and products.

Mission: ASHS supports science for specialty crops: global solutions for nutritious food sources and healthy, beautiful environments.

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ASHS Career Center new job postingsHead Grower Supervisor, Ball Horticultural Company http://ow.ly/KPOX50C18nSPostdoc, U...
10/23/2020

ASHS Career Center new job postings

Head Grower Supervisor, Ball Horticultural Company http://ow.ly/KPOX50C18nS

Postdoc, USDA-ARS http://ow.ly/j5UT50C18nT

Research Molecular Biologist (Plants)/Plant Physiologist/Food Technologist, USDA-ARS http://ow.ly/LH7g50C18nO

Program Instructor-Horticulture Technology, Southeast Technical College http://ow.ly/3b0P50C18nR

Assistant Professor - Small Fruit Extension Specialist. University of Georgia http://ow.ly/JBlL50C18nV

Graduate Research Assistantship, Virginia Tech http://ow.ly/rBMK50C18mX

"Harvest Time and Postharvest Behavior of Six Japanese Nonastringent Persimmon Cultivars Grown under Mediterranean Condi...
10/23/2020

"Harvest Time and Postharvest Behavior of Six Japanese Nonastringent Persimmon Cultivars Grown under Mediterranean Conditions"

Authors: Ayoub Fathi-Najafabadi, Cristina Besada, Rebeca Gil, and Alejandra Salvador

in HortScience http://ow.ly/sT5150C0g72

Persimmon cultivation has significantly grown in the Mediterranean Region in recent years. The production concentrates mainly in three astringent cultivars: Kaki Tipo in Italy, Triumph in Israel, and Rojo Brillante in Spain. Therefore, the varietal range expansion is one of the current challenges for persimmon producers in this area. Moreover, the introduction of nonastringent persimmon cultivars is particularly interesting because they can be commercialized immediately after harvest without applying deastringency treatment before commercialization. This study evaluated the harvest period and the postharvest response of six Japanese nonastringent cultivars (Kanshu, Shinshu, Soshu, Suruga, Youhou, Izu).

More information at ashs.org.

ASHS members Ksenjia Gasic, Gregory Reighard, Dario Chavez, Tom Gradziel, John Preece, and Amy Iezzoni are part of a tea...
10/22/2020
Clemson researcher leads national effort to combat Armillaria root rot - Fruit Growers News

ASHS members Ksenjia Gasic, Gregory Reighard, Dario Chavez, Tom Gradziel, John Preece, and Amy Iezzoni are part of a team that received a $5 million USDA-NIFA grant to study Armillaria root rot and develop resistant rootstocks.

http://ow.ly/4MvP50BWLsF

Interested in applying for a USDA-NIFA grant? Watch the 2 part series "How to Compete Successfully in SCRI" in our webinar archive https://ashs.org/page/ArchivedWebinars

Stone fruits and nut crops are vital to human health, communities and economies across the United States but a fungal disease threatens to devastate these perennial tree crops and pose a national agricultural security threat.

Did you know?A nursery grower spends on an average $11,000 per acre on managing weeds. A single weed in a container can ...
10/21/2020

Did you know?

A nursery grower spends on an average $11,000 per acre on managing weeds. A single weed in a container can reduce the growth of an ornamental plant by 40-60% in just one season.

Learn more from Yuvraj Khamare's presentation at #ASHS2020 http://ow.ly/svK950BWBYD

ASHS members join up for a free webinar!Wednesday, November 18th - 2 pm ETTo register for this member-only webinar sign ...
10/20/2020

ASHS members join up for a free webinar!

Wednesday, November 18th - 2 pm ET

To register for this member-only webinar sign in at ashs.org
Click on the webinar Series under Membership Benefits in the Membership pull-down menu.

#ashs_hort

Fruit Growers News
10/19/2020
Fruit Growers News

Fruit Growers News

The guide features color images depicting some common problems growers may see in their orchards and details labor regulations to help keep orchards in compliance with state and federal Department of Labor regulations.

A new study published in HortTechnology suggests that grafted tomato plants may not need to be kept in the dark after al...
10/19/2020

A new study published in HortTechnology suggests that grafted tomato plants may not need to be kept in the dark after all. Read the full article to learn about the optimum postgrafting healing conditions.

http://ow.ly/Mvyd50BUFJn

More information at ashs.org.

New research identifies effective treatments for botrytis blight disease that will allow growers to protect the quality ...
10/18/2020

New research identifies effective treatments for botrytis blight disease that will allow growers to protect the quality and value of cut flowers.

Read the article in HortTechnology http://ow.ly/TVMj50BUwf3

More information at ashs.org.

ASHS member Nahla Bassil is part of a team working to improve pear production in the U.S.Read more in this USDA-ARS arti...
10/17/2020

ASHS member Nahla Bassil is part of a team working to improve pear production in the U.S.

Read more in this USDA-ARS article
http://ow.ly/ZXnP50BRsMJ

ASHS Grad Student SpotlightLeynar Leyton Naranjo attends the University of Georgia and is training to become an ornament...
10/15/2020

ASHS Grad Student Spotlight

Leynar Leyton Naranjo attends the University of Georgia and is training to become an ornamental plant breeder. He has many favorite plants including Abelia, Magnolia, and Alstroemeria.
Learn more about Leynar here. http://ow.ly/Ra0H50BqAGi

Did you know?A mature Holly tree takes in and stores over 3000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent-carbon in its lifetim...
10/14/2020

Did you know?

A mature Holly tree takes in and stores over 3000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent-carbon in its lifetime.

Learn more and find out about the Treejuvenation Florida program from Marguerite Beckford's #ASHS2020 paper. http://ow.ly/ik4M50BNsF5

Extension Master Gardener
10/13/2020

Extension Master Gardener

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BENEFITS OF PLANTS

Awareness of the importance of good mental health with last week’s World Mental Health Day is a reminder that winter is approaching and with it, also SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder may be improved by finding ways to bring flowers and houseplants into your home or office. Studies have shown over the years that plants provide health, economic, and safety benefits year-round. Advantages of being surrounded by plants include reduction of stress, ability to concentrate easier, retaining 20% more memory, increased happiness, and much more. Texas A & M's Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Foundation describes the benefits of plants in our everyday lives. https://bit.ly/2GWbHHl ~ tw

Photo credit: NICH, Texas A & M Extension

Contact your local Extension office to find information specific to your location. To find the office nearest you, click on this link and follow the prompts: http://bit.ly/2OuheHX

Within-row intercropping of snow pea and cherry tomato without additional water or fertilizer can potentially increase t...
10/13/2020

Within-row intercropping of snow pea and cherry tomato without additional water or fertilizer can potentially increase the income of high-tunnels according to researchers at the University of Guleph School of Environmental Sciences.

Read the full article in HortScience http://ow.ly/gx5y50BNCoT

"Potential Benefits of Silicon Nutrition to Hydroponically Grown Sweet Basil"Authors: Yuan Li, Joseph Heckman, Andrew Wy...
10/12/2020

"Potential Benefits of Silicon Nutrition to Hydroponically Grown Sweet Basil"

Authors: Yuan Li, Joseph Heckman, Andrew Wyenandt, Neil Mattson, Edward Durner, and A.J. Both

Read the full article in HortScience http://ow.ly/cXTf50BNf53

Si-treated basil plants showed reduced injury to cold shock and had higher survival rates compared with the control, and Si (75 ppm) significantly increased shoot height and weight.

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. More information at ashs.org.

A team of researchers from Oklahoma State University found that carbon dioxide supplementation can help in efficient use...
10/11/2020

A team of researchers from Oklahoma State University found that carbon dioxide supplementation can help in efficient use of water for greenhouse production of ornamental plants.

Read the full article by Singh et al. in HortScience http://ow.ly/fcYr50BN805

Publish with ASHS in one of our three highly respected open-access journals - HortScience, HortTechnology, or the Journa...
10/09/2020

Publish with ASHS in one of our three highly respected open-access journals - HortScience, HortTechnology, or the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Share your work with scientists from around the world.

Articles are peer-reviewed by subject matter experts with rapid turn-around from submission to published.

All three journals are indexed on Agricola, DOAJ, and Google Scholar.

Learn more at https://journals.ashs.org/

Did you know?A delay of only 7-10 days in planting strawberries in the fall can reduce yield by 100 grams per plant.Aman...
10/07/2020

Did you know?

A delay of only 7-10 days in planting strawberries in the fall can reduce yield by 100 grams per plant.

Amanda McWhirt explains the "Impacts of Planting Date and Fall Row Cover Application on Strawberry Growth Parameters and Fruit Yield" in this #ASHS2020 presentation http://ow.ly/LZvc50BByea

‘Zhongli No. 3’: A Mid-season Plum Cultivar from ZFRI-CAASAuthors: Zhenyu Huang, Fei Shen, Lehan Xia, Long Chen, Zexuan ...
10/06/2020

‘Zhongli No. 3’: A Mid-season Plum Cultivar from ZFRI-CAAS

Authors: Zhenyu Huang, Fei Shen, Lehan Xia, Long Chen, Zexuan Cui, and Yuling Chen

in HortScience http://ow.ly/Glfw50BK1Gl

Plum, belonging to the genus Prunus of Rosaceae family, is one the most important fruit crops in the world, with a high economic value and an extensive genetic diversity. ‘Zhongli No. 3’ was selected based on high productivity and fruit storability as well as high eating quality.

More information at ashs.org.

"Site Conditions, Maintenance Costs, and Plant Performance of 10 Extensive Green Roofs in the Research Triangle Area of ...
10/05/2020

"Site Conditions, Maintenance Costs, and Plant Performance of 10 Extensive Green Roofs in the Research Triangle Area of Central North Carolina"

Authors: Julieta Trevino Sherk, Wenyan Fu, and Joseph C. Neal

Read the full article in HortTechnology http://ow.ly/JUYn50BI5bs

Green roof maintenance costs ranged from $0.13/ft2 to $3.45/ft2 per year, and were greater on sites with more weeds and frequent hand watering.

Trends identified in this study suggest that designing green roofs for long-term success should include the following: choosing effective watering/irrigation methods, implementing efficient weed management strategies, and making informed plant selections tailored to the region and green roof environmental conditions.

More information at ashs.org. Photo credit Julieta Sherk.

"Differences in Inflorescence Numbers and Endogenous Gibberellic Acid Levels in ‘Afterglow’ Bougainvillea"Authors: Mun W...
10/04/2020

"Differences in Inflorescence Numbers and Endogenous Gibberellic Acid Levels in ‘Afterglow’ Bougainvillea"

Authors: Mun Wye Chng and Kimberly A. Moore

in HortTechnology http://ow.ly/qB9y50BI3q8

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea sp.) plant inflorescence number will vary in response to multiple cues such as changes in temperature, water, light intensity, pruning, and photoperiod. Previous research reports that the application of plant growth regulators (PGRs) to bougainvillea grown under varying photoperiods improved inflorescence number, probably as a result of changes in gibberellic acid (GA) levels. The use of ethephon and ABA at low rates might be another tool for improving inflorescence number in ‘Afterglow’ bougainvillea.

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. More information at ashs.org.

ASHS members join up for two free webinars!October 6th and 8th, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET  Title: How to Compete Successfully i...
10/03/2020

ASHS members join up for two free webinars!

October 6th and 8th, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Title: How to Compete Successfully in SCRI - A Two Part Series

Speakers: Dr. Tom Bewick and Megan O'Reilly, USDA/NIFA

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension.

Part 1 of this 2 part webinar series will cover what makes the SCRI program and competition unique. Learn about the 2-stage process, how to develop a useful logic model, and how to write useful impact statements. Other NIFA programs of interest to horticulturists will also be discussed.

Part 2 of this 2 part webinar series will cover strategies for success with SCRI grant proposals. The basics of the preapplication and full application process will be explained with tips for getting through the stages and obtaining funding.

To register for this member-only webinar sign in at ashs.org
Click on the webinar Series under Membership Benefits in the Membership pull-down menu.

ASHS members Ellen Garcia and Amir Khoddamzadeh are working to save Florida's orchids. Ellen presented her research at #...
10/02/2020
Student works to save endangered orchids with friendly fungi

ASHS members Ellen Garcia and Amir Khoddamzadeh are working to save Florida's orchids. Ellen presented her research at #ASHS2020.

https://casenews.fiu.edu/2020/09/10/student-works-to-save-endangered-orchids-with-friendly-fungi/

Friendly fungi may be the key to helping vulnerable Florida orchid populations rebound. Ellen Garcia, a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Agroecology program in the FIU Institute of Environment, knows all too well the struggle native Floridian orchids face. Of t

"‘Tift PA17’, ‘Tift PA18’, and ‘Tift PA19’ Ornamental Pennisetum alopecuroides" Authors: Wayne W. Hanna and Brian M. Sch...
10/01/2020

"‘Tift PA17’, ‘Tift PA18’, and ‘Tift PA19’ Ornamental Pennisetum alopecuroides"

Authors: Wayne W. Hanna and Brian M. Schwartz

in HortScience https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI15318-20

These cultivars patented by the University of Georgia have desirable ornamental characteristics and significantly reduced seed production.

More information at ashs.org.

Did you know?Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) are two plant growth regulators that can be us...
09/30/2020

Did you know?

Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and Aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) are two plant growth regulators that can be used on 'Gala' apples to manage harvest and fruit quality.

Learn more from this #ASHS2020 presentation by Wanlinghe Cai. http://ow.ly/qN5l50BC58v

"Evaluation of a Novel Shallow Aggregate Ebb-and-flood Culture System and Transplant Size Effects on Hydroponic Basil Yi...
09/29/2020

"Evaluation of a Novel Shallow Aggregate Ebb-and-flood Culture System and Transplant Size Effects on Hydroponic Basil Yield"

Authors: Samuel Doty, Ryan W. Dickson, and Michael Evans

in HortTechnology http://ow.ly/yeos50BDdP3

Ornamental bedding plant operations transitioning to leafy greens and herb production must decide whether to invest in new hydroponic equipment or modify existing culture systems for edible crops. Growers using ebb-and-flood irrigation can potentially modify these systems for edible crop production.

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. More information at ashs.org.

If you are wondering about the invasive status of trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) look no further!  Wilson et a...
09/28/2020

If you are wondering about the invasive status of trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) look no further! Wilson et al. report that eight U.S. triploid varieties had little to no fruiting compared to the tetraploid Australian trailing lantana.

Read the full article in HortScience http://ow.ly/9fl550BCyN6

ASHS members register for a free webinar!September 29th, 2 pm ETGrowing New Roots With Urban AgricultureWe are seeing sy...
09/27/2020

ASHS members register for a free webinar!

September 29th, 2 pm ET

Growing New Roots With Urban Agriculture

We are seeing symptoms of the disconnect that has arisen between our communities and our agricultural systems in both rural and urban communities. These challenges provide a wealth of opportunities for everyone working in horticulture. Opportunities to: capture new audiences and markets, bring new students into horticulture, and even facilitate societal change, are just a few that currently lay on our doorstep. This presentation will provide some real-life examples of projects in Kansas City and abroad that are working to grow new roots with urban agriculture and participants will gain a better understanding of what this movement is about.

ASHS Webinars are a member benefit. Sign in to ashs.org and go to Webinar Series under Member Benefits and Resources in the Membership pull down to register.

ASHS member Kelsey Galimba will lead the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
09/26/2020

ASHS member Kelsey Galimba will lead the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kelsey Galimba will be joining OSU as the leader of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center #horticulture research program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture. Dr. Galimba will be developing a multifaceted research program focused on integrated production systems for perennial tree fruit crops with an emphasis on sweet cherries and pears, while addressing critical needs of the Mid-Columbia and PNW tree fruit industries.

Kelsey currently holds a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station, in the Genetic Improvement of Fruit Crops through Functional Genomics and Breeding CRIS unit and she plans to start work at #MCAREC in November.

"I am confident she will be successful in establishing a strong research program to address industry needs and advance the Oregon and PNW pear and cherry industries," says Steve Castagnoli, director of MCAREC.

For more about MCAREC 👉 https://beav.es/oA6

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Established in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science is recognized around the world as one of the most respected and influential professional societies for horticultural and plant scientists. ASHS is committed to promoting and encouraging national and international interest in scientific research and education in all branches of horticulture.

Comprised of thousands of members worldwide, ASHS represents a broad cross-section of the horticultural community - scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension agents and industry professionals. ASHS members focus on practices and problems in horticulture: breeding, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of horticultural plants and products.

Find out more at https://ashs.org/

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Hey, ASHS members, a University of Georgia graduate student needs help with getting seeds of different ecotypes of Asclepias. If you can help her, great! **Graduate Student in need of help** Fellow gardeners and horticulturists, I am in need of help from the citizens of our wonderful plant community. I am a Horticulture graduate student at the University of Georgia, studying differences among Asclepias (milkweed) species. To be specific, I’m trying to determine the number of chromosomes (ploidy) and total genomic content of as many Asclepias species as possible. Finding seed of rarer (or even common) Asclepias species is pretty difficult (although I have enough A. tuberosa seed to start a war with). This is where your help would be so appreciated. If there are any native species to your area that you would be willing to part with, I’d happily take good care of them while they are used for science. In addition to the seed, I would need their collection location (city/county, state). If possible, fresh seed (2019 collected) is preferred. Please mail seeds to: Mary Lewis (The Asclepias Whisperer) ;) 1111 Miller Plant Science Building, Athens GA 30606. Your contribution will allow me to improve my research as well as benefit scientists and conservationists in the future. Thank you so much! :) :)
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If you are a grad student and you're planning on attending the annual ASHS conference in Las Vegas, please consider to register for the Scholars Ignite Competition at https://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2019/cfp.cgi. Winners will receive a cash award. Deadline is July 1st.
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For all pre-1975 Rutgers Alumni and others in the Society, just learned the sad news of the passing of Dr. Charles Hess.
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