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Determining Colonization Efficacy Of Commercial Mycorrhizae Products And Fragaria X Anannassa ‘Albion’., Tommy Jue, Alexandra Wollenman Jun 2015

Determining Colonization Efficacy Of Commercial Mycorrhizae Products And Fragaria X Anannassa ‘Albion’., Tommy Jue, Alexandra Wollenman

Horticulture and Crop Science

No abstract provided.


The Effects Of Slow-Release Aluminum Sulfate On Bloom Color Of Hydrangea Macrophylla, Patrick James Edziak Jan 2015

The Effects Of Slow-Release Aluminum Sulfate On Bloom Color Of Hydrangea Macrophylla, Patrick James Edziak

Horticulture and Crop Science

Hydrangea macrophylla is a common greenhouse crop typically produced for the late winter and spring holidays. Most varieties are capable of producing either pink or blue flowers depending on aluminum content and pH of the growing medium. The goal of this experiment was to examine the effects of new controlled-release aluminum sulfate products on bloom color. This new product was applied as a topdress and a pre-plant incorporated mix using two different manufacturer recommended rates. Results were directly compared with those produced using a traditional water-soluble aluminum sulfate drench application. Controlled release aluminum sulfate was found to be at least ...


Pacific Plug & Liner Crop Shrinkage Evaluation, Jillian Balli Dec 2014

Pacific Plug & Liner Crop Shrinkage Evaluation, Jillian Balli

Horticulture and Crop Science

Crop Shrinkage has a major impact on a company’s bottom line. There are many ways to combat shrinkage. This report focuses on shrinkage reduction by adjusting buffer planting numbers to reflect the actual number of plants lost in production. Inaccurate buffer can cause the cost of production to be inaccurate as well. This report evaluates crop shrinkage of a greenhouse located in Watsonville, CA called Pacific Plug & Liner.


Cultural And Environmental Factors Affecting The Production Of Dendranthema X Grandiflorum, Mary Rebecca Lacy Jun 2014

Cultural And Environmental Factors Affecting The Production Of Dendranthema X Grandiflorum, Mary Rebecca Lacy

Horticulture and Crop Science

The purpose of this experiment was to reduce the schedule of cut mum production by decreasing the number weeks of long days and supplementing the flowers with the plant hormone gibberellic acid (GA). GA is a plant hormone which enlarges the cells of the stems and could conceivably affect mum vegetative growth during long days. In this experiment, long days were reduced to 0, 3, 10, 13, 17 and 20. During the long day treatments, different rates of products were applied. Both ProGibb 4% and Fascination were used to look at the effects of the different variations of GA; GA ...


Effect Of Grape-Leaf Potassium Content On Life-History Traits Of Willamette Spider Mite, Eotetranychus Willamettei (Mcgregor) (Acari: Tetranychidae), Michael Paul Sotelo May 2014

Effect Of Grape-Leaf Potassium Content On Life-History Traits Of Willamette Spider Mite, Eotetranychus Willamettei (Mcgregor) (Acari: Tetranychidae), Michael Paul Sotelo

Horticulture and Crop Science

Vitis vinifera L. cv. Chardonnay vines were fertilized to approximate baseline, low, medium, and high grape-leaf potassium contents, relative to viticultural target values. From those vines, twelve replicates of leaf-discs were made per fertilizer treatment. The leaf-discs were populated with individuals of Willamette spider mite, Eotetranychus willamettei (McGregor) and maintained in a plant growth chamber (25°C, 14L:10D h). Data pertaining to maturation time (days), pre-oviposition period (days), lifetime fecundity (eggs / ♀), and longevity (days) of E. willamettei was recorded daily. Petiole analysis revealed that the grape-leaf potassium contents were greater than target values. Respective to fertilizer treatment, the actual ...


A Feasibility Study On Possible Uses For A Common Area Greenbelt In A Southern California Neighborhood, Sarah J. Doherty Mar 2014

A Feasibility Study On Possible Uses For A Common Area Greenbelt In A Southern California Neighborhood, Sarah J. Doherty

Horticulture and Crop Science

Common greenbelt areas within residential neighborhoods are capable of existing as multi-function zones. ‘The Village’ in Southern Orange County, California, envisions its greenbelts as benefiting the homeowners, both in cost and esthetics, all beneficial insect and plant species, and the surrounding micro-climate. Research was conducted on three different systems, aimed at improving the areas of ‘The Village’ both economically and environmentally; the areas of focus were vineyard installation, fire resistant landscaping, and low impact development installations. The process began with evaluating the sites physical and judicial restraints. Soils tests, topography calculations, climate records, and preexisting species identifications were conducted; documents ...


The History Of Trial Gardens, Hallie Schmidt Sep 2013

The History Of Trial Gardens, Hallie Schmidt

Horticulture and Crop Science

Essay explores the history of home gardening and seed industry in America and the conditions that led to the development of the All-America Selections.


Creation Of A Pamphlet On Young Tree Care, John G. Sanchez Jun 2013

Creation Of A Pamphlet On Young Tree Care, John G. Sanchez

Horticulture and Crop Science

No abstract provided.


The Effect Of Mulch Type And Thickness On The Soil Surface Evaporation Rate, Michael Mcmillen Jun 2013

The Effect Of Mulch Type And Thickness On The Soil Surface Evaporation Rate, Michael Mcmillen

Horticulture and Crop Science

There is a continual drive to conserve water and improve irrigation efficiency in agriculture, especially in regions where water resources are limited and regulated. Mulching is one cultural practice which can be used to reduce water needs. Using certain agricultural byproducts as mulch is a sustainable practice which can provide other benefits as well such as improving soil. Wheat straw, grass clippings, and leaf debris are fairly abundant byproducts which can be used as mulch. An experiment was conducted to determine which of these readily available mulching materials would be best at conserving soil moisture, and at which thicknesses, 5 ...


Vineyard Layout And Design For A Pinot Noir Vineyard In The Santa Rita Hills Ava, Joseph G. Pollock Apr 2013

Vineyard Layout And Design For A Pinot Noir Vineyard In The Santa Rita Hills Ava, Joseph G. Pollock

Horticulture and Crop Science

The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is an important area for California pinot noir. To develop a pinot noir vineyard requires a substantial amount of research to be done before any planting occurs in the soil. The purpose of this project was to study the facets of planting a vineyard from a fallow field and then construct a design for the finished vineyard. The site is located on an unused portion of a ranch property in roughly the middle of the AVA. Climatological data places the potential site within acceptable parameters for growing pinot noir. The soil on site is Arnold ...


Survey Of Suitable Plants For Cal Poly's Green Wall, Katrina Burritt Mar 2013

Survey Of Suitable Plants For Cal Poly's Green Wall, Katrina Burritt

Horticulture and Crop Science

Green wall technology is a growing industry in the United States and has been very successful for a several years throughout Europe. The objective of this survey was to study the success of several different species of plants on a vertical wall facing south at Cal Poly’s Horticultural Department Unit. At first the focus was aimed at using California native species, because it was thought that natives would be better acclimated to the exposure in this specific location. It became apparent that plants should not be selected for the wall based just on the fact that they are California ...


Landscape Design, Cost Estimate, And Management Plan, Garrett Talbot Williams Dec 2012

Landscape Design, Cost Estimate, And Management Plan, Garrett Talbot Williams

Horticulture and Crop Science

The purpose of this project is to evolve a bleak landscape into something that the home owner can appreciate and love. This project will demonstrate the knowledge of this process to provide as a guide for others. This project gives an overview of all aspects of a landscape project including: drawings of an irrigation layout, planting plan, drainage plan, and a construction plan. This project takes place in Riverbank, California, which is located in the Central Valley. The property’s main centerpiece is a pool and adjacent waterfall. However, the landscape currently surrounding the pool is very bare and lacks ...


High School Horticulture Curriculum, Margaret Maratsos Aug 2012

High School Horticulture Curriculum, Margaret Maratsos

Horticulture and Crop Science

Horticulture is just one of the many topics covered in a high school agriculture curriculum, and yet, there are very few lesson plans or resources available to teachers for these classes specifically. The objectives of this project were to compile a set of lesson plans, lab plans, and tests that would emphasize interactive and investigative learning. The lesson plans were written in such a way that they reflected a certain set of standards, set down by the state of California, and were meant to serve as a bare outline of topics that would be discussed within a week’s worth ...


Digital Mapping As A Student And Staff Communication Tool, Ryan Gyurkovitz Aug 2011

Digital Mapping As A Student And Staff Communication Tool, Ryan Gyurkovitz

Horticulture and Crop Science

A study in the use of Geographic Information Systems in the development of digital maps for use by students and staff in Plant Identification Courses.


Consolidation And Label Acquisition In The California Wine Industry, Hilary Lipoff, Gina Scurich Jun 2011

Consolidation And Label Acquisition In The California Wine Industry, Hilary Lipoff, Gina Scurich

Horticulture and Crop Science

This paper seeks to determine whether there has been a change in consolidation and label acquisitions in the California wine industry in recent years. Reasons for consolidation and acquisition are explored, with an emphasis on the recent economic downturn and how it has effected the wine industry. Implications of these changes are further explored.


The Illustrated Guide Of Southern California Hardy Succulents, Darren Chard, Zhanna Safiulina Jan 2011

The Illustrated Guide Of Southern California Hardy Succulents, Darren Chard, Zhanna Safiulina

Horticulture and Crop Science

The Southern California area is experiencing increasing water shortages resulting in the need for plant material that has a high ornamental value as well as a low water requirement. The objectives of our project were to find, plant, and observe succulent plant material in the Southern California area to determine which succulents have a low water requirement, are low maintenance, disease and pest resistant, while adding beauty to the landscape. Succulent plant material was planted and observed in La Habra Heights, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach to provide a range of climate zones. After two years of observing the plant ...


Regalia-Induced Resistance In Powdery Mildew-Infected Grapevine Plants Correlates With The Induction Of Chalcone Synthase, Thomas Crottogini Dec 2010

Regalia-Induced Resistance In Powdery Mildew-Infected Grapevine Plants Correlates With The Induction Of Chalcone Synthase, Thomas Crottogini

Horticulture and Crop Science

No abstract provided.


The Designing, Installing, And Maintaining Of A Hydroponic Nft System For Commercial Production Of Lactuca Sativa Under Greenhouse Environment Conditions, Alec C. Mayall Jun 2010

The Designing, Installing, And Maintaining Of A Hydroponic Nft System For Commercial Production Of Lactuca Sativa Under Greenhouse Environment Conditions, Alec C. Mayall

Horticulture and Crop Science

Commercial hydroponic vegetable production is on the rise all over the world, especially in regions where people are increasingly health conscientious, yields and quality are important, or traditional farming is impossible as in regions with non-arable lands. Hydroponics is a powerful tool for vegetable production; however, it does have technological challenges and cost barriers. This project explored the practicality of designing, installing, and maintaining a commercial hydroponic Nutrient Film Technique lettuce production system under greenhouse environmental growing conditions. A medium scale system was designed and installed in a greenhouse and then the growth stages and the scheduling of lettuce for ...


Overall Growth Of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum L. Cv. Glacier) Inoculated With Species Of Glomus And Trichoderma Growing Under Greenhouse Conditions, Brian J. Adkins Jun 2010

Overall Growth Of Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum L. Cv. Glacier) Inoculated With Species Of Glomus And Trichoderma Growing Under Greenhouse Conditions, Brian J. Adkins

Horticulture and Crop Science

The overall plant growth of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L. cv. Glacier) cultivated in greenhouse conditions along with inoculation treatments of beneficial fungi species were observed. This study included 2 brand name products containing species of fungi which include: 1)Botanicare Guardian TR containing Trichoderma harzianum 10,000,000 CFU/g, T. hamatum 10,000,000 CFU/g, T. koningii 10,000,000 CFU/g; and 2)Botanicare Guardian MY containing Glomus intraradices 57 propagules/g;G. fasiculatum 57 propagules/g; G. etunicatum 57 propagules/g; G. clarum 57 propagules/g. Treatments include: Treatments: 1) 2g Botanicare Guardian TR; 2) 2g ...


The Use Of Horticulture And Gardening As A Special Education Tool At The High School Level, Krysta Marie Johnson Jun 2010

The Use Of Horticulture And Gardening As A Special Education Tool At The High School Level, Krysta Marie Johnson

Horticulture and Crop Science

THIS REPORT CONTAINS PLANNING METHODS AND INSTALLATION PROCEDURE FOR A RAISED VEGETABLE GARDEN FOR WILSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, IN WILSONVILLE, OREGON. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE GARDEN WAS TO USE IT AS A LEARNING TOOL FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT WILSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. UPON DOING MORE RESEARCH IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THE GARDEN CAN ALSO BE USED AS A HEALING TOOL FOR STUDENTS WHO SUFFER FROM ATTENTION DISORDERS AND WHO HAVE EMOTIONAL AND LEARNING DISABILITIES. THE STUDENTS HAVE BECOME INVESTED IN THE GARDEN PROJECT AND LOOK FORWARD TO DOING MORE PROJECTS WITH THEIR CLASS.