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Amy Barker, Ingram McCall, and Brian E. Whipker

still adequate, and plants treated with ethephon drenches had a higher aesthetic appeal due to a more full appearance and increased flowering. Product costs are also an important factor that greenhouse growers take into account when making production

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Marc-André Sparke, Achim Wegscheider, Patrick Winterhagen, Ute Ruttensperger, Martin Hegele, and Jens Norbert Wünsche

growth-inhibiting effect caused by a direct physical impact by touching, rubbing, or brushing is mainly used to improve plant quality criteria such as stability and appearance, thereby increasing the market value of greenhouse-raised plants ( Garner and

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Martina Göttingerová, Michal Kumšta, and Tomáš Nečas

part of the crown. One sample consisted of mixing 50 flowers from five trees, resulting in a total of 250 flowers. All trees were of comparable age. Fig. 1. The overall appearance of the flowers for the cultivars used in this study. Analysis of the

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Joyous Suiyigheh Tata and Hans Christian Wien

some cultivars to loss of petals soon after the flowers open. This ruins the appearance of the flowers and destroys their market value. This can happen within a day of the flowers’ opening and the petals flattening out. There has been no systematic

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David C. Diehl, Nicole L. Sloan, Christine M. Bruhn, Amarat H. Simonne, Jeffrey K. Brecht, and Elizabeth J. Mitcham

conditions affect the flavor life of specific types of fruit ( Forney, 2001 ). Consumer preferences for quality take into account several factors, including fruit appearance, texture, and flavor ( Kader, 2000 ), with the effect of fruit quality on consumption

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Qingqing Duan, Ye Lin, Wu Jiang, and Danfeng Huang

during storage; and 3) favorable appearance and vigor of seedlings in light storage dedicated to the preservation of dry weight during storage and regrowth potentials after transplanting. In conclusion, the stomata of watermelon plug seedlings stored in

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Paul Cooper, Robert Stark, Paul Francis, and Charles Allen

Eight tomato varieties were evaluated in 1999 for consumer preference of appearance and taste. Fruits were collected from a tomato yield trial conducted at the Southeast Research and Extension Center at Monticello, Ark. Four of the varieties (`Mountain Spring', `Celebrity', `Better Boy', and `Early Girl') were red-fruited. Three (`Bradley', `Traveler 76', and `Pink Girl') were pink-fruited. One variety, `Mountain Gold', was yellow-fruited. Fruit evaluations were conducted on three separate dates. Varieties were ranked 1–8 by the taste panelists for both outward appearance and for taste. Appearance and taste were not correlated. `Mountain Spring' was ranked best in appearance, followed closely by `Pink Girl' and `Celebrity'. However, the panelists ranked `Mountain Spring' next to last (seventh) for taste. `Pink Girl' was ranked first in taste, followed by `Better Boy', `Bradley', `Celebrity', and `Early Girl'. `Mountain Gold' was ranked last (eighth) for both appearance and taste. These results indicate that consumers should not rely on appearance alone when purchasing tomatoes. The results also indicate that tomato producers should have a thorough knowledge of the market that they are serving.

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Dale J. Bremer, Steven J. Keeley, Abigail Jager, Jack D. Fry, and Cathie Lavis

(e.g., match the minimal or actual water needs of the turfgrass) if residents are given proper education. Inaccurate perceptions about water requirements for turfgrass or embellished expectations about lawn appearance (e.g., maintaining perfectly

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Yuan-Yu Chang, Wei-Chia Su, I-Chun Tang, and Chun-Yen Chang

“improving relationships and having plants as companions” ( Table 4 ). For this study, three factors had a greater number of benefits reported by children. They included “appearance, odor and texture,” “hands-on,” and “outdoor natural elements” ( Table 4

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Jozer Mangandi, Sydney Park Brown, and Natalia Peres

performance and appearance suffer as these pests often produce severe tissue damage, defoliation, and subsequent plant death. Grafting roses into ‘Double Cherokee’ ( Rosa ×fortuniana ) rootstock has shown to improve tolerance to nematodes and enhance plant