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K-State Today

October 25, 2011



Horticulture faculty members present at national conference

By Candice Shoemaker

Several horticulture faculty members presented at the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference, Sept. 25-28 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 Presenting posters were:

  • Cheryl Boyer, assistant professor, “SustainableSubstrates.Com: An Extension Outreach Tool.”
  • Zachariah W. Starr, master's student, Boyer and Jason Griffin, associate professor, “Alternative Nursery Substrates for the Great Plains: Maclura pomifera.”
  • Starr, Boyer and Griffin, “Propagation of Chrysanthemum and Ivy Geranium in Red Cedar.”
  • Dale Bremer, associate professor, Jack Fry, professor, Steve Keeley, associate professor, Cathie Lavis, associate professor and Rodney St. John, assistant professor, “A Survey of Lawn-Irrigation Behaviors of Residential Homeowners.”
  • Jacob Domenghini, doctoral student, Bremer, Gregory Davis, associate professor, and Fry, “Responses of Turfgrass and Ornamental Landscape Species to Prolonged Drought Stress.”
  • Cynthia Domenghini, doctoral student, and Candice Shoemaker, professor, “The Use of Social Ecological Theory to Develop and Implement an After-School Garden Club Curriculum for Overweight and Obesity Prevention” The poster was awarded third place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition.
  • Domenghini and Shoemaker, “An After-School Garden Club to Provide Physical Activity for Children.”
  • Joshua R. Pool, doctoral student, Griffin, Boyer, and Stuart Warren, professor, “Root and Shoot Growth of Four Field Grown Conifer Species.”
  • Rojee Pradhan, graduate student, Rhonda Janke, associate professor, and C.B. Rajashekar, professor, “Effects of Growing Conditions and Fertility Levels on Health-Promoting Phytochemicals in Tomato and Pac-Choi.”
  • Morgan Jenkins, fall 2010 master's graduate, and Kimberly Williams, professor, “Increased Knowledge about Floral Preservatives Influences Customers’ Perception of the Quality and Value of a Floral Arrangement Purchase.”
  • Nicole Rud, fall 2009 master's graduate, and Williams, “Effects of UVB Light on Edema and Intumescence Development.”
  • Qingyu Wu, doctoral student, Williams and Sunghun Park, assistant professor, “Understanding the Mechanisms Regulating the Development of Intumescences in Tomato through Genomic Analyses.”

Presenting in a workshop titled “Application of Tunnel Technologies to Community and School Gardens: Education and Production Tools was Shoemaker, “The Use of High Tunnels in an After-School Garden Program.”

Additionally, several faculty members serve the American Society for Horticultural Science through their work on committees and in working groups. Warren serves on the Undergraduate Teacher Award Selection Committee; Shoemaker serves on the Collegiate Activities Committee; and Boyer serves on the Extension Publication Awards Committee and as secretary of the Nursery Crops Working Group.