Mar 5, 2012
A brief article describing some of the work on the begonia collection at the OPGC has been published in The Begonian, the quarterly magazine of the American Begonia Society (ABS). Author Steven Haba describes the importance of the collection in the OPGC's programs and provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities presented by germplasm work in this very large genus. The original collection of begonias established at the OPGC was generated with assistance and support of the ABS.
Feb 21, 2012
Dr. Francis Kwong, lead seed scientist at the Ball Horticultural company in West Chicago, IL visited the OPGC as part of the annual Seed Events program (February 16 and 17) sponsored by the Ohio State University Seed Biology Program and the OPGC. Dr. Kwong joined students and staff in discussing recent papers on seed longevity as well as in a broad-ranging conversation about seed research and working for a major horticultural company. Dr. Kwong also held informative discussions with the OPGC staff and presented a lecture in the Seed Science cours (H&CS 420) led by Prof.
Dec 14, 2011
The OPGC participated in the seventh International Symposium on New Floricultural Crops held 22-25 November 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The symposium, sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, featured international speakers discussing a variety of important issues such as Ornamental Genetic Resources: The Potential to Become a New Crop; Germplasm Characterization and Ornamental Value; Domestication, Propagation and Production of New Species; Ornamental Breeding and Biotechnology; and Market Trends and Breeders' Rights.
Nov 1, 2011
The Educational Update section of The Buckeye, Volume 22, Issue 9, the monthly magazine of the Ohio Nurserymen and Landscape Association, consists of an article titled Phlox 101: Perspectives on an Underutilized Genus of Native Plants written by Peter Zale and Pablo Jourdan.
Sep 27, 2011
Undergraduate students at the Ohio State University (and other institutions) can take advantage of the opportunity to participate in various research projects undertaken at the OPGC. A new link has been added to the Research category that describes some projects available for students to explore. Such research activities by undergraduates greatly enhance the educational experience and provide new perspectives on the role of research in generating knowledge that may be of use in the floriculture/nursery industry and in the conservation community.
Aug 17, 2011
The OPGC benefits from the interaction with students and scholars from many countries. The latest visitor to join us for a 6-month study tour is Guilherme Texeira from the Universidade Federal de Lavras in Brazil. Guilherme will be staying with us until January 2012 and during that time will learn various facets of our germplasm operations as well as developing a research project that will be part of his undergraduate degree back home.
Jul 26, 2011
Over the weekend of July 9-10, graduate student Peter Zale visited and toured Primrose Path Nursery in Scottdale, Pennsylvania following a visit to the OPGC by the nursery owners. The proprietors, Charles and Martha Oliver, are well known for their breeding work with Heuchera and Tiarella, and have introduced over 25 plants to the nursery trade; some of these have attained international recognition. Primrose Path Nursery sits on over 100 acres.
Jul 17, 2011
The first meeting of the OPGC Subcommittee of the national Herbaceous Ornamentals Crop Germplasm Committee took place on 8 July 2011 in the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Present in person (and pictured) were Lin Schmale, Charles Krause, Michele Jones, Claudio Pasian, Susan Stieve, and Pablo Jourdan. Present by phone was Gail Wisler. Absent members included Justin Marotta, Marvin Miller, Neil Anderson and Cecil Pounders.
May 30, 2011
A mixed-use gravel area immediately north of the OPGC greenhouses has been developed to provide different growing environments for some of our germplasm. This area includes raised beds, a high tunnel, a container area as well as a storage facility. The raised beds provide alternative soil types to grow plants that require more extensive drainage or lower pH than available in Columbus.
Apr 22, 2011
Graduate student Peter Zale and OPGC staff Steven Haba have completed a 5,900 mile trip through the Southestern USA between 1 and 16 April, and brought back 60 new accessions of Phlox that will become part of germplasm studies and of our collection. Phlox collecting started in the panhandle region of Florida and continued along the coastal plain in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana until reaching central Texas, finally swinging through Oklahoma and Arkansas.