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Ashley Kyber-Robison

In the past decade, there has been a growing trend toward conservation and management of wildlife and the environment. Growing suburban development has increased displacement of native animals from their natural habitats; thus, there is an ever-increasing need to manage not only existing forests and large land holdings for wildlife but also developed land areas. The idea of “backyard habitat” gardening and the “green movement” in golf course design address these issues of wildlife habitat and provide design solutions that hail the growing need for natural habitats. The same principles also can be used in commercial landscape design and ultimately in reclaiming grazing pasture land for dual habitat by farm animals and native wildlife. Just as the “American Lawn” provides minimal support for wildlife due to its lack of diversity, the manicured pasture of the American farm can also be limiting for wildlife. Providing areas of cover for nesting and protection can benefit the “kept” and “unkept” animals inhabiting the area. Furthermore, the biophilic landscape provides a psychologically healthy biosphere for the personnel working on the farm. In designing landscape plans with the primary goal of aesthetic enhancement of university experimental research farms, the principals of water conservation, integrated pest management, and providing wildlife cover and food are applied to develop an aesthetically pleasing design that also provides habitat for displaced wildlife. The intent of the project is to explore the possibilities in designing successful habitats for wildlife while preserving the ultimate goal of livestock production. Implementing successful ecologically sound landscapes enable the land-grant university to teach the public the benefits of wildlife conservation and the importance of its incorporation to all aspects of land use.

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Amy Jo Chamberlain, Kathleen M. Kelley and Jeffrey Hyde

locally grown and/or certified organic produce, and to promote local farmers and food businesses, researchers and those in the produce industry have expressed interest in quantifying consumer purchasing behavior and attitudes toward locally grown and

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Richard Marini

statistics and I hope more will be planned in the near future. The topics selected for this colloquium should be of interest to nearly every horticultural researcher, and will provide a modern approach to analyzing and interpreting data from traditional

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Richard L. Hassell, Robert J. Dufault and Tyron L. Phillips

Early spring sweet corn (Zea mays var. rugosa) is usually planted in cold soils at sub-optimal temperatures for seed germination. It is important for growers to understand the relationships among temperature, germination, and vigor of sweet corn in order to plan the earliest planting dates that will not significantly reduce plant stand. The objectives of this research were 1) to determine the minimum temperatures to germinate to 75%, (the minimum germination percent for interstate commerce) for 27 new sweet corn su (sugary), se (sugar enhancer), and sh2 (shrunken-2) cultivars; 2) to determine vigor differences among the phenotypes; and 3) to select the most promising se, su, and sh2 cultivars for cold tolerance and vigor for early spring planting. Seeds of each cultivar were placed along a temperature gradient on a thermogradient table, Type 5001 (Seed Processing Holland, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands), and allowed to germinate over a 7-day period. The gradient treatments were [±2 °F (1.1 °C)] 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, and 86 °F (11.1, 13.3, 15.6, 17.8, 20.0, 22.2, 24.4, 26.7, 28.9, and 30.0 °C). Germination data from thermogradient testing were used to determine the minimum temperatures and time required for su, se, and sh2 cultivars to germinate at ≥75%, defined as minimum acceptable germination percent (MAGP); and the minimum temperature to reach the maximum germination rate (MGR) for a cultivar, defined as the ability to germinate to MAGP at the same rate equally at low and high temperatures. Generally, su phenotypes germinated to MAGP within 4 days, with sh2 requiring 6 days, but with se requiring 5 days. We found that within each phenotype, however, cultivars reacted uniquely to temperature. The most vigorous and cold tolerant su cultivars were `NK 199' and `Merit' which germinated to MAGP at 52 °F with `NK 199' more vigorous than `Merit'. The su cultivar `Sweet G-90' was vigorous at warm temperatures, but the least cold tolerant and desirable for planting under cold conditions. Within the se cultivars, `Precious Gem', `July Gold', and `Imaculata' germinated to MAGP at 52 °F with `Precious Gem' requiring 6 days and `July Gold' and `Imaculata' requiring 7 days. `Accord' was the least cold tolerant se cultivar, requiring at least 60 °F for MAGP with a slow MGR, even at warm temperatures. None of the sh2 cultivars reached MAGP within 7 d at 52 °F, as was also observed for certain su and se cultivars.

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Arthur Villordon

deploying horticulture-related mobile applications, or “apps,” for research, teaching, and extension. What is an app? The name is an abbreviation for “application,” a piece of software that is specifically designed to run on a mobile device, such as a

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Garry V. McDonald and Wayne A. Mackay

Universities, 2010 ). SLOs are the framework by which most program assessment plans are based and evaluated. Successful assessment plans are developed and tailored to each institution based on available resources, staffing levels, and other local determinants

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Ellen T. Paparozzi, Kimberly A. Williams, Robert Geneve, Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Cynthia Haynes, Helen Kraus, Cynthia McKenney and Joelle Pitts

of the program assessment if faculty provide program-specific questions. As individual faculty evaluations cannot be shared across state lines, the use of Plan for Researching Improvement and Supporting Mission (PRISM) administered by Colorado State

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Thomas E. Marler

developing my overview of the role of horticultural research within recovery attempts of threatened plant species. The 1994 recovery plan for this tree ( USFWS, 1994 ) called for research to inform adaptive management decisions and the production of thousands

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Osman Kilic, Vedat Ceyhan, H. Avni Cinemre, Mehmet Bozoglu and John Sumelius

. Until now, considerable research has been conducted on hazelnut economics and policy in Turkey. Ceyhan et al. (1996) analyzed the hazelnut supply and demand based on the national-level time series data. Yavuz and Birinci (1996) also focused on

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Brian J. Pearson, Kimberly A. Moore and Dennis T. Ray

proficiency to meet industry employment needs ( Crawford et al., 2011 ; Hart Research Associates, 2015 ). Many horticulture curricula focus on discipline-oriented knowledge and skills, but development of professional skills may be overlooked or not fully