Magazine

February 2017

In this issue, our editors dive into the world of vegetables and flowers, covering everything from plant breeding to consumer demands. You can explore how researchers are unlocking the science of taste and the art of flavor. Or uncover the mysterious world of intellectual property as it relates to lettuce — what you think you know may not be true. On a fun note, discover the history behind the daffodil, the pansy, the rose, and the Brassica as the National Garden Bureau showcases “The Year Of …” plants. Plus, you can learn how seeds and plants influence the brain, providing therapy for those in need. In this issue, you’ll also read about seed treatments’ ability to influence water use efficiency and the challenges beekeepers are up against in maintaining thriving hives. This is a fun one to read.
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Year of the Pansy

Origin: United Kingdom and Europe Family: Violaceae Genus: Viola Uses: An annual bedding plant, pansies are used for garden decoration in cooler growing seasons. Categories: Large (3-4 inches), Medium (2-3 inches), Multiflora (1-2 inches), Trailing Fun Facts: Pansies are edible...

Year of the Daffodil

Origin: Europe Family: Amaryllidaceae Genus: Narcissus Uses: This self-propogating perennial is a showstopper in the early spring months and makes for beautiful floral arrangements. Divisions: Trumpet Jonquil, Large cup Tazetta, Small cup Poeticus, Double Split Corona, Triandrus Other, Cyclamineus Botanical Fun Facts: The...

Unlocking the Science of Taste and the Art of Flavor

Great taste is back on the agenda for fruit and vegetable breeders. What do people like about tomatoes? The answer probably isn’t “disease resistance” or “shelf stability.” People like tomatoes for...
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What’s Hot in the Garden?

For growers large and small, a wide array of vegetable seeds was popular last year, with even more diversity slated for 2017. It’s hard to imagine with the frigid temperatures...

Protect the Green

As research and development into the advancement of leafy greens has increased so has the level of intellectual property protection — and with that comes confusion about what can,...