Integrating Plant Trials into Teaching and Graduate Research Programs

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  • 1 Texas A&M University, Department Of Horticultural Sciences, College Station, Tx 77843-2133

Plant trialing and promotion programs have become popular in recent years with many state and some regional programs emerging. Successful implementation requires considerable labor, facilities, and monetary resources for evaluation of large numbers of taxa over several years to ensure that plants are well adapted to the region of interest. Research and development funds and cooperator commitment to trialing programs can be limiting during the early years of these programs prior to production of tangible benefits. Dedicated facilities for program activities are usually not available. Mechanisms for development of facilities and procurement of labor to augment trialing program resources, while enriching undergraduate and graduate teaching and research programs, will be presented.

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