1. Brazilian Student Presents Research at OSU Exposition

    Nov 21, 2017

    Amanda Lima Vilela, a visiting intern from the Universidade Federal de Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil  (UFLA) presented a poster of her work on "Seed quality parameters in different Phlox species" at the annual International Scholar Research Exposition held by the Office of Inernational Affairs of The Ohio State University.  Amanda's poster will be on display in the main university administration building, Bricker Hall, through Spring Semester 2018.  

  2. Dr. Grobman visits OPGC

    Alexander Grobman visits OPGC

    Nov 15, 2017

    Dr. Alexander Grobman, a distinguished corn and sorghum breeder, scientist and international center administrator from Lima, Peru visited the OPGC as part of a tour of germplasm facilities in the USDA National Plant Germplasm System.  Dr. Grobman is a graduate of The Ohio State University so his visit had a dual purpose of exploring international collaboration as well as re-acquainting himself with his alma matter.

  3. Jonathan LaBorde Completes Internship at the OPGC

    Nov 10, 2017

    Undergraduate student and Horticulture major Jonathan LaBorde worked as an intern at the OPGC for the Summer of 2017.  He experienced multiple dimensions of our activities at the OPGC including vegetative and seed propagation, greenhouse management, and field operations.  Jonathan graduates in December 2017 and hopes to pursue a career in the controlled-environment production industry.

  4. New gravel added to Nursery facility at Waterman

    Nov 10, 2017

    During the summer of 2017, a new layer of gravel was added to the nursery facility at Waterman, to provide a more effective surface and enhance our weed management practices.  This activity was co-sponsored by the OPGC and the Olentangy River Re-vegetation project of the University.

  5. OPGC Director invited to present at conference

    Nov 9, 2017

    OPGC Director, Dr. Pablo Jourdan, was an invited speaker at the 7th International Symposium on the Production and Establishement of Micropropagated Plants held in Lavras, Brazil, 24-28 April 2017.  He presented information about the use of short- and medium-term in vitro storage of plant germplasm in the National Plant Germplasm System.

  6. Amanda Lima Vilela

    Amanda Lima Vilela joins the OPGC for an internship

    Nov 9, 2017

    Amanda Lima Vilela, an undergraduate student at the Universidade Federal de Lavras in Minas Gerais, Brazil joined the OPGC in August 2017 for a 5-month internship.  Her work focuses on seed quality parameters in Phlox.  Amanda is carrying on studies initiated by Juliana Espindola and Sibelle Santanna da Silva on characteristics of seed in perennial species of Phlox.  These seeds have presented a challenge to standard germplasm preservation practices.  First, it is difficult to obtain sufficient seed for basic characterization and analysis.

  7. OPGC contributes to the rescue of an endangered plant.

    Aug 25, 2015

    An article in the 16 August 2015 Columbus Dispatch tells the story of the OPGC's contribution to the preservation and propagation of a rare and endangered plant in central Ohio, Arabis patens, or rock cress.  Through the efforts of curator Susan Stieve and OPGC staff and students, plants of rock cress were grown in the greenhouses and seed was produced by hand pollination.  The seeds are being stored at the OPGC.

  8. OPGC at Cultivate'15

    Jul 17, 2015

    As in previous years, the OPGC had an informational booth at Cultivate'15, the largest horticultural trade show in North America, sponsored by AmericanHort.  The theme of the booth coincided with our focus on 2015 as the Year of Rudbeckia. The booth provided an opportunity to make contact with many stakeholders that already work with OPGC materials as well as to introduce the importance of genetic resources and germplasm preservation to a wider audience.  The trade show typically receives about 10,000 visitors.

  9. Faculty from Lavras, Brazil visit the OPGC

    Jul 17, 2015

    A group of faculty from the Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, paid a visit to the OPGC and The Ohio State University to discuss mutual interests in research and educational activities.  The OPGC has hosted various visiting scholar students from UFLA and the visitors had an opportunity to meet the various students from Lavras currently on campus.  The visiting faculty were: Dr. Patricia Duarte de Oliveira Paiva, current chair of the Department of Crop Science and an expert on floriculture and landscape design; Dr.

  10. Sibelle Santanna joins OPGC

    Jul 1, 2015

    Sibelle Santanna is a PhD student from the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil.  She studies seed physiology at the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz in Piracicaba. Sibelle will spend 9 months at he OPGC assessing seed quality in different species of Phlox.  The research will focus on comparisons of tests for seed viability such as germination and tetrazolium chloride; it will also examine seed dormancy and methods to efficiently overcome it for rapid germination.