W.Va. State University Research Makes Cover of Scientific Journal

9/13/2012

W.Va. State University Research Makes Cover of Scientific Journal
University’s work with new chrysanthemum variety is cover story for HortScience

INSTITUTE, W.Va.– Dr. Barbara Liedl, associate research professor with West Virginia State University’s Agricultural & Environmental Research Station, teamed with researchers from Minnesota and Wisconsin on a project trialing a new variety of garden chrysanthemum, called MammothTM ‘Twilight Pink Daisy.’ The project landed the group on the cover of the August 2012 issue of HortScience, a scientific journal targeting horticulturalists.

 “We’ve been trialing new ornamental plants with the University of Minnesota since 2003,” said Liedl. “Our goal is to identify new cultivars that will be of interest for homeowners and growers here in West Virginia.”

Ornamentals are plants that are primarily grown for decorative purposes and used in gardens, landscapes, as houseplants or cut flowers. The project focused on breeding for winter hardiness, which is critical for growing in Minnesota, said Liedl.

“Our winters might not be as harsh as those found up north,” she noted, “but we have more freeze-thaw cycles and our hardiness zones do overlap.”

Collaborators on the project included Neil O. Anderson, Esther Gesick and Peter D. Ascher from the University of Minnesota; Steven Poppe of the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn.; Shengrui Yao, David Wildung and Patricia Johnson of the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, Minn.; Vincent Fritz and Charlie Rohwer of the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn.; Lee Klossner and Neal Eash of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn.; and Judith Reith-Rozelle of the West Madison Agricultural Research Station in Verona, Wis.

HortScience is a monthly journal that publishes horticultural information of interest to a broad array of horticulturists. Its goals are to apprise horticultural scientists and others interested in horticulture of scientific and industry developments and of significant research, education, or extension findings or methods.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multiā€generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

 -WVSU-

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