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New plants, irrigation regimes recommended for green roof use

Trials were conducted on green roof test plots in Oregon to evaluate the performance of eight plant species during establishment and under three different water management regimes. Results showed some succulents, bulbs, and rhizomes to have potential for use on extensive green roofs in seasonally dry climates, even without supplemental irrigation. The study said that grasses and shrubs that display drought tolerance in their native environments may not be recommended for extensive green roof use.

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Study shows children’s health problems increase with time spent playing indoors

A study investigated the relationship between parental attitudes toward nature and their child's outdoor recreation and how these attitudes related to their child's health problems. Relationships between time spent indoors on video games or watching television and health problems in children were identified. Time spent outdoors in free play was inversely related to reports of health problems in children.

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Study of consumers from Mexico and Puerto Rico predicts trends in niche market products

A survey of Latino consumers from Mexico and Puerto Rico examined respondents' willingness to buy ethnic produce recently introduced or new to the market in the Eastern United States. Researchers analyzed and compared socioeconomic characteristics of 542 Mexican and Puerto Rican consumers living in 16 states. The study examined respondents' perceptions such as the importance of store availability, language, and willingness to buy locally grown, organic, genetically modified, or country of origin labeled (COOL) produce.

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Results of tasting experiments provide answers for apple breeders, marketers

A new study of consumer apple preferences used choice experiments to investigate consumers' preferences and willingness to pay for 13 new and established apple varieties. Results showed that participants revealed stronger preferences and were willing to pay more for newer rather than more established apple varieties. The study will help apple breeders make more targeted breeding decisions by better understanding what quality attributes consumers like or dislike.

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