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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.