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The first symposium on home horticulture to be sponsored by this Society is indeed an historic event. It marks the continued efforts of horticultural scientists to seek an understanding of the art of growing and utilizing fruits, vegetables, and landscape plants. This Society reviewed in depth the first 75 years of its scientific involvement at our annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978 (14). It is fitting as we begin the decade of the 80s, that this Society progress even further and consider the utilization of the many products of our horticulture industry.
The Fast Agricultural Communications Terminal System (FACTS) is a computer-based communications system with intelligent terminals in each Indiana County Extension office, departmental offices at Purdue, and linkage to a central computer. A program was developed to plan a home vegetable garden which included 27 vegetables, data on crop placement, planting dates, general cultural information and yield data. The program was based on input and predetermined yield data. It has been widely accepted by neophyte as well as experienced gardeners and is a prototype for additional programs in home horticulture.
Decisions regarding the selection and care of trees on public lands often are delegated to public employees with limited knowledge of tree care. To provide a technical resource for the municipal employee, the Urban Forestry Notebook was developed through sponsorship by Puget Power (a major Pacific Northwest utility company), Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Center. The unique focus of this Notebook provided the municipal employee with information on the selection and care of 65 of the most important urban trees. It also can be used as a model by other communities who wish to improve the care of their urban trees by providing an informational resource for the public employee.
Growth of Lycopersicon esculentum Mill, and Pisum sativum L. was dwarfed by various forms of mechanical stimulation including shaking, flexing, and rubbing of the plant axis. The general effect of gently shaking a tomato plant once or twice daily was a reduction in node and leaf number, shortening of internodes, nodal swelling, epinasty of leaves, deep greening of new leaves, and increased lateral branch development. It is suggested that the term “seismomorphogenesis” appropriately describes mechanical stress effects on plant growth such as result from wind action.