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Dirk Vuylsteke, Rodomiro Ortiz, Cornelia Pasberg-Gauhl, Friedhelm Gauhl, Cliff Gold, Shaun Ferris, and Paul Speijer

. Swennen and G.F. Wilson, former International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) plantain scientists; other colleagues at IITA; and E. De Langhe and G. Sery, International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, for their close

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Shih-Han Hung, Chia-Ching Wu, Yu-Chen Yeh, Ang Yeh, Chun-Yen Chang, and Hsing-Fen Tang

visitors can experience a variety of rural and traditional agricultural life and landscapes, mimicking patterns of the past and meeting agricultural functions. The value of agritourism is often evaluated by the activities provided, and what naturalistic and

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Julian Mendel, Kenneth G. Furton, and DeEtta Mills

this plant disease. Materials and methods Study location This study was conducted in a privately owned mango ( Mangifera sp.) grove in the Redland agricultural district near Homestead, FL, under the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC

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Eliezer S. Louzada, Hilda Sonia de Rio, Allison J. Abell, Gerson Peltz, and Michael W. Persans

research, troubleshooting, and career opportunities in agricultural biotechnology. After the internship, the students were asked to write a few paragraphs about the general impact of the research training on their lives, including their career choices

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Mike Murray

The British and Scotish public extension programs are currently “privatized,” after a decade-long process aimed at this objective. While the British system is owned by a private corporation, the Scotish one is still operated by a public entity. In both situations, information is not freely dispensed, but sold through a subscription process. For a fee, a basic level of service, including newsletters, production/marketing/farm management bulletins, and a limited amount of telephone time with disciplinary/commodity experts, is provided. For an additional fee, farm visits or problem diagnostic services can be secured. The government is one of the largest customers in both systems, funding major “public good” natural resource projects, rural reviatization projects, and agricultural sector job re-training programs. This has significantly impacted the way that information is obtained and delivered to primary producers. These issues, and their implications, will be discussed in this presentation.

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Kevin Crosby, Daniel Leskovar, John Jifon, and Kilsun Yoo

The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station/Texas A&M University announces the release of two new open-pollinated cultivars of long chile. The first, `TAM Ben Villalon,'(TBV) is a long green chile/Anaheim type, while the second, `TAM Valley Hot,' (TVH) is a large cayenne type. Both cultivars have complex pedigrees involving TAES potyvirus resistant germplasm developed by Ben Villalon. Consequently, they exhibit resistance to some strains of tobacco etch virus when mechanically inoculated. In addition, TBV exhibits resistance to several strains of pepper mottle virus. These new cultivars out-yielded their comparable commercial cultivars, `Sonora,' and `Mesilla', when grown with drip irrigation at Weslaco and Uvalde, Texas. TBV yielded 16,632 kg/ha of green pods, compared to 14,228 kg/ha for `Sonora.' Both cultivars had similar capsaicin concentrations of 30–40 ppm on a fresh-weight basis. TBV pods are significantly heavier than those of `Sonora' due to thicker flesh. It should be useful for the green chile processing and fresh market industries. TBV may also be dried at the red stage to produce chile powder, which is very similar in quality to that of `NM 6-4.' TVH pods are not significantly different from `Mesilla' for size or weight, but contain significantly more capsaicin (670 vs. 320 ppm) when grown at Weslaco. TVH should be well-suited to the cayenne mash industry for hot sauce production due to its high heat level. Both cultivars will be distributed through commercial seed companies after receiving approval for Plant Variety Protection Patents.

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Rodomiro Ortiz, Piers D. Austin, and Dirk Vuylsteke

1 Former Officer-in-Charge of the High Rainfall Station. Current address: Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural Univ., 40 Thorvaldsensvej, DK 1871 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2 Station Manager of the High