enable people to share and seek information effectively, they are also one of the most effective channels for misinformation. Horticulture has not been spared from these distortions. Some misinformation in horticulture, such as the myth that bell pepper
Sarah Cato, Amanda McWhirt, and Lizzy Herrera
Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites. Ken Druse. 2008. Clarkson/Potter Publishers, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. 288 pages, with illustrations, $50
Eric Simonne and Ronald Shumack
Vegetable variety trials (VVT) are of interest to the entire vegetable industry from breeders, seed companies, growers, consultants, researchers, to Extension personnel. However, despite their importance VVT have always been given little-to-no scientific merit. In a period where resources are limited, regional VVT may provide a way for Land Grant institutions to include VTT as an entire part of their effort. This presentation will discuss the advantages (better use of resources, increased service to industry), challenges (credit given to VTT authors during tenure, timeliness of publication, uniformity of methods), and opportunities (publications in Hort Technology, regional publication, VTT web page, SR-IEG) associated with VVT. Participants will be given an opportunity to express their opinion through a questionnaire. Together with industry response, results will be used to inform the administration and work toward a regional VTT for the Southeast.
James J. Zuiches
The Board on Agriculture, National Research Council, has established a committee to (a) review the land-grant system of colleges of agriculture, (b) provide an evaluation and assessment of the strengths, opportunities, myths, and stereotypes; and (c) provide a vision for future development and innovation in organizational structures, functions, and processes. The committee has been charged to discuss these topics with stakeholders and constituencies, invite dialogue and contributions to reconceptualizing the system, and create a synthesis and recommendation. At the workshop, I will sketch out the scope of the study, data collection strategies, and initiate the process of dialogue and critique.
The sacred writings of three religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are contained in the Hebrew Bible (referred to by Christians as the Old Testament), the Christian Bible (New Testament), and the Qur'an (Koran). These writings encompass events occurring over a period of more than two millennia and taken together represent a broad picture of mideastern peoples, describing their interactions with the sweep of events of that era. The writings include the sacred and profane, prose and poetry, history and myth, legend and fable, love songs and proverbs, parables and revelations. The basic agricultural roots of desert people are infused in the texts. Plants, plant products, and agricultural technology are referred to in hundreds of verses. References to fruits are abundant so that these bibles can be read almost as a pomological text in addition to the religious and sacred meanings that still inspire billions of people.
Eric E. Roos and C.W. Vertucci
Practical experience has generally been the source of guidance for seed storage from one season to the next. Our ancestors soon realized that avoiding moist warm conditions and protecting seeds from predators was necessary if seeds were to survive till the next planting season. Simple experiments, using different combinations of temperature and seed moisture content and/or relative humidity, showed that much longer storage periods could be attained by lowering one or both of these factors. Drying seeds and storing them in air-tight containers, or even under vacuum, at subambient temperatures could produce longevities of years or even decades. Many myths were recorded in the popular literature about longevities of centuries or even millennia. Recent research on the biochemistry and biophysics of deterioration have led to new theories on longevity that have turned our thinking upside down. A discussion of both practicalities of storage and theoretical aspects will be presented. Simplified recommendations are proposed for determining the most cost-effective approach for seed storage under various environmental and economic conditions.
the authors. The graphic illustrations were drawn by Philip Seaton and are crisp and colorful. Almost every page includes an illustration or a photograph. The Foreword includes a brief history of orchids and the myths surrounding them and discusses
Duane W. Green
. Folklore, Medicinal Properties, and Nonfood Uses. In addition to the traditional food uses, many fruit have an equally important history for medicinal use and in myth, folk lore, or symbolism. Production. The important countries in which each fruit is
plants and cuttings of various tropical plants. Part IX incorporates not only the traditional grafting and budding techniques for woody plants but also the art of grafting vegetables. Part XIII unscrambles the myths of plant propagation through
Allen V. Barker
recommendations. The chapter covers eight seed-saving myths, mainly dealing with maintaining a variety and preventing cross contamination. This chapter also has text on creating landraces, rejuvenating heirloom varieties, breeding for organic gardens, and