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C. A. Lewis


Horticulture is a branch of agriculture and as such is primarily concerned with the production of a product, be it fruit, vegetable or ornamental. Horticultural research, applied to improvement of production methods and product, has resulted in sophisticated control of production and uniformity of product. People seldom enter the purview of horticultural research, except in studies of labor-efficient methods of production or the consumer market.

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Cheryl A. Parris, Clinton C. Shock, and Michael Qian

, including sunflower, lettuce, and herbal teas. Stevia usually grows as an herbaceous perennial but can be cultivated in northern latitudes or other areas, such as China, as an annual. Stevia is an obligate short-day plant that has a critical daylength of

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Fekadu Fufa Dinssa, Ruth Minja, Thomas Kariuki, Omary Mbwambo, Roland Schafleitner, and Peter Hanson

-Schaeffer, 1993 ). C 4 plants perform better than C 3 plants under adverse conditions, such as drought and high temperatures ( National Research Council, 1984 ). Amaranth was first domesticated in the Americas ( Sauer, 1950 , 1967 ) and is now grown worldwide

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Woo-Kyung Sim

The Korean Society for Plants, People and Environment held its first International Symposium on Plant and People Interactions in Human Health and Quality of Life in May 1998. Three speakers, invited from abroad, were among those who made presentations. A summary is presented.

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Diane Relf and Pete Madsen

Through funding from various horticultural associations (including ASHS, ALCA, SAF, WFFSA, and HRI), the People-Plant Council has been able to develop a computerized bibliography that will be of great value to researchers in the area of People-Plant Interaction and a second bibliography specifically for the area of Horticultural Therapy. The combined PPI and HT bibliographies contain approximately 1600 citations, 25 percent of which include an abstract. Due to the size and length of each bibliography (over 200 pages of hard copy), they are available on diskette. This will facilitate users searching for keywords or specific articles and allow them to rearrange the material as needed.

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Wilmien Brascamp

Research on human issues in horticulture focuses on the human dimension of horticulture in an effort to maximize the benefits of plants and nature in general, for human well-being. A key issue is the need for scientific evidence of such benefits and for rigorous research methods to reveal the mechanics of the interaction between people and plants. Conjoint analysis, a methodology with obvious potential for successful application in the area of human issues in horticulture, is widely used in consumer research to estimate the structure of people's reactions to multi-attribute objects or services. This paper discusses the steps involved in implementing conjoint analysis and describes how it can be applied to people–plant research.

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Jules Janick

The plants of the bibles have long been of historic interest despite the many translation problems. The Hebrew bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic, translated into Greek in the second century bce , and then constantly translated into all the

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Virginia I. Lohr

Conducting research with human subjects involves many of the same issues involved with conducting any type of research. As horticulturists, we are aware of the range of variability that can be introduced when working with living organisms. This variability can come from environmental influences as well as genetic variation. These can be major factors when conducting research with people as well. Research with people also introduces complicating interactions between the researchers and the subjects. When working with humans as subjects, federal regulations must be considered; these regulations are even stricter when the research involves youth. These additional factors, which should be considered when designing studies to understand the impacts of plants and plant programs on youth, will be discussed.