PRGs Help Blueberries Recover from Freeze Damage

Blueberry growers in the Southeast can suffer greatly reduced yields due to freeze damage. They also have been challenged with poor pollination and fruit set and small fruit size. According to a new article in Growing Produce, plant growth regulators like gibberellic acid (GA) have helped alleviate the damage caused by freezes. Field trials indicate that applying GA to select blueberry cultivars after a freeze helped improve fruit set. Researchers note that GA is not ideal for all varieties and that application of GA should be based on the level of flower damage, not the air temperature.
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45th Annual PRGSA Conference Canceled

We regret to inform you that this year’s Plant Growth Regulation Society of America annual meeting, scheduled to take place June10-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been canceled. Unfortunately, despite our optimism, the negative press surrounding the situation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria has proven too much to overcome. Although the city of San Juan has returned to normal the image portrayed in the media proved to be insurmountable and we could not get sufficient numbers of registrations to have a viable meeting.

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WinField United to Run Innovation Center in Wisconsin

Land O’Lakes Inc. has opened a $40 million innovation center in River Falls, Wisconsin that will be run by WinField United. According to Land O’Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski, the mission of the center is to accelerate product development “toward more sustainable use of agricultural chemicals and nutrients.”

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Epigenetics May Offer New Way to Breed Crops Adapted to Climate Change

A new article on the Genetic Literacy Project website examines the potential of epigenetically manipulated crops as a means of breeding plants that can withstand drought, climate change or diseases. While researchers have developed GMO crops to cope with the added stresses of climate change, current regulatory hurdles significantly delay their approval. In this article, Sally Mackenzie, professor of plant science at the University of Nebraska and co-founder of Epicrop Technologies, discusses the potential of a new plant breeding technology that uses epigenetic manipulation.
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PGRSA 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is proud to announce that the 45th Annual Meeting of the PGRSA will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 10 - 14, 2018. The conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel & Casino. The conference will host technical sessions including the following topics: plant growth in extreme environments, light as a growth regulator and PRGs and biostimulants.
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