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American Society for Horticultural Science

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Advanced techniques may produce "European style" trees to meet consumer demands



Advanced techniques may produce "European style " trees to meet consumer demands.
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RALEIGH, NC - The Fraser fir is gaining popularity among American consumers looking for beautiful, long-lasting Christmas trees. Consumers favor Fraser fir for its conical shape, dark green foliage, pleasant aroma, and excellent needle retention.

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Apples grown from germplasm collected in central Asia, contain a treasure trove of genes for improving disease resistance of American domestic apples.
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KEARNEYSVILLE, WV -- Blue mold, caused by the fungus Penicillium expansum, is the scourge of apple breeders and producers throughout the world, causing extensive losses to stored apples. As the familiar saying goes, one bad apple really can spoil the whole bunch—good fruit stored in containers with decaying fruit often absorbs a moldy odor and flavor.

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Educators find secrets to successful children's garden programs by asking young experts

ITHACA, NEW YORK -- Researchers have discovered the secrets to enhancing youth participation in school and community-based garden programs. A three-year study entitled "Greener Voices" proves that children will engage in learning more readily when given responsibility for decision making and planning.

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New Storage Methods Extend Life of Japanese Plums



Wickson, a Japanese plum released by Luther Burbank and named after E.J. Wickson, friend and dean of agriculture at the University of California, Berkeley.
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- Plums: they're sweet, juicy, and packed with beneficial antioxidants and dietary fiber. Although there are many varieties available to consumers, there are two main types of the small, purple fruit: Japanese plums and European plums. Japanese plums are the most widely grown type and are round, while oval European plums are commonly used for making dried plums, or prunes.

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Presence of migrant workers raises wages and work hours for all workers

AUBURN, AL—Despite tremendous growth in mechanization and technological advances, nursery, greenhouse, and sod production in the U.S. are still extremely labor-intensive. The agricultural industry depends heavily on laborers who can provide on-time production of highly perishable horticultural crops. Savvy employers know that a skilled and accessible labor supply is imperative for the agricultural industry’s continued growth and stability.

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