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Youping Sun, Ji Jhong Chen, Haifeng Xing, Asmita Paudel, Genhua Niu, and Matthew Chappell

temperature before EC measurements were taken. Three containers per treatment per taxon were randomly selected and sampled for each harvest date. Visual quality of each plant was recorded at both harvest dates using a five-point scale (visual score), where 0

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Ian R. Rodriguez and Grady L. Miller

Because high rates of nitrogen fertility are necessary for producing high-quality turfgrasses, quick, reliable methods of determining the N status of turfgrasses would be valuable management tools. The objective of this study was to evaluate the capacity of a hand-held chlorophyll meter (SPAD-502) to provide a relative index of chlorophyll concentrations, N concentrations, and visual quality in St. Augustinegrass [Stenotaphrum secondatum (Walt.) Kuntze]. Two experiments were conducted in a greenhouse in 1998 to evaluate the utility of SPAD readings. Established pots of `Floratam' were subjected to weekly foliar Fe treatments at Fe rates of 0 and 0.17 kg·ha–1 for 4 weeks. Six weekly nitrogen fertilizer treatments were applied in the form of ammonium sulfate at N rates of 0, 5.75, 11.5, 17.25, and 23 kg·ha–1 for 4 weeks. Greenhouse SPAD readings were not affected by Fe treatment, but N treatments resulted in differences in SPAD readings, visual quality, and chlorophyll concentrations. The readings were positively correlated with chlorophyll concentrations (r 2 = 0.79), visual ratings (r 2 = 0.74), and total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN) (r 2 = 0.71). Readings taken from field-grown `Floratam', `Floratine', and `Floralawn' St. Augustinegrass were poorly correlated (r 2 < 0.63) with chlorophyll concentrations and TKN. Unless future techniques improve dependability of the SPAD meter under field conditions for measuring chlorophyll and N concentration of a stand of turfgrass, the usefulness of such readings for the management of St. Augustinegrass seems limited.

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Shangchun Hu, Gail Hansen, and Paul Monaghan

of which was installing a vegetative buffer. Using upland plantings around pond shorelines for visual quality can reduce fertilized areas and allow nutrient uptake from yards ( Keddy, 2000 ; Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, 1996 ). Using

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Gregory E. Bell, Dennis L. Martin, Kyungjoon Koh, and Holly R. Han

weak, the two cultivars ranked highest were the same in 2003 regardless of rating method ( Table 3 ). Table 2. Pearson correlation coefficients (r) resulting from linear correlation of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) z and visual quality

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Sandra B. Wilson, Laurie K. Mecca, Mack Thetford, and Josiah S. Raymer

Plant growth, visual quality and flowering were assessed for 14 butterfly bush (Buddleja) taxa planted in western Florida (Milton) and central southern Florida (Fort Pierce). In both locations, `Violet Eyes' butterfly bush (B. weyeriana × B. lindleyana), `Honeycomb' butterfly bush (B. × weyeriana), `Moonlight' butterfly bush (B. × weyeriana), and `Sungold' butterfly bush (B. × weyeriana) generally had the greatest growth index and shoot dry weight of all cultivars. In Fort Pierce and Milton, flower dry weights of `White Profusion' butterfly bush (B. davidii), `Nanho Alba' butterfly bush (B. davidii var. nanhoensis), and `Dartmoor' butterfly bush (B. davidii × B. davidii var. nanhoensis) were among the highest as compared to other cultivars at each site, although in Milton, `Gloster' butterfly bush (B. lindleyana), japanese butterfly bush (B. japonica) and `Honeycomb' butterfly bush also had high flower dry weights. Peak plant performance varied by month, cultivar and location. At 12 weeks, plant form and color were above average for each cultivar with the exception of `Black Knight' butterfly bush (B. davidii), lindley's butterfly bush (B. lindleyana), and `Gloster' butterfly bush in the Fort Pierce location only. After 24 weeks at each location, visual quality was above average for `Black Knight', `Dartmoor', `Gloster', `Honeycomb', `Violet Eyes', and japanese butterfly bush. Peak flowering times varied with cultivar and location. At 24 weeks, flowering of `White Profusion', `Nanho Alba', `Nanho Blue', and `Nanho Purple' butterfly bush grown in Fort Pierce was 25% to 40% less than that of the same cultivars grown in Milton. At 24 weeks, `Dartmoor' had the most flowers in both locations, covering 75% of the plant canopy.

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Yuxiang Wang, Liqin Li, Youping Sun, and Xin Dai

was chosen for measurement. Leachate EC readings were averaged across cultivars. Plant growth and visual quality. Height (centimeter) from the pot rim to the top of the plant and two perpendicular widths (centimeter) were recorded 1 week before harvest

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Nickolee Zollinger, Richard Koenig, Teresa Cerny-Koenig, and Roger Kjelgren

( g S ) and photosynthesis rates ( Kerstiens et al., 2002 ; Rivelli et al., 2002 ; Wang and Nii, 2000 ), and damage or death of leaves ( Munns, 2002 ). Because many of the common responses to salinity decrease the visual quality of the plant

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Amy L. Shober, Kimberly A. Moore, Nancy G. West, Christine Wiese, Gitta Hasing, Geoffrey Denny, and Gary W. Knox

autoanalyzer (Alpkem Flow IV; Pulse Instrumentation, Saskatoon, SK, Canada). Plant quality ratings. Visual quality ratings were assigned for each plant monthly through 54 WAP and every 3 months through 100 WAP. Canopy density, flower cover, chlorosis, and

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Sharon Dea, Jeffrey K. Brecht, Maria Cecilia do Nascimento Nunes, and Elizabeth A. Baldwin

at 5 °C. In both experiments, the visual quality of mango slices was limited by progressive drying of the slice surface and development of off-odor. Moreover, in Expt. 1, the shelf life was also limited by the overall color as mango slices showed a

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Dennis R. Pittenger, A. James Downer, Donald R. Hodel, and Maren Mochizuki

evaluated by recording the number of new leaves produced, measuring the total increase in tree height, and rating the visual quality of tree aesthetic appearance twice per year. Visual quality was rated each time by the same three-member panel on a 1 to 5