Dr. Joyce Latimer, Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, has published an article in Floral Daily that summarizes the findings of her research group concerning the use of the branching enhancer, Configure and the plant growth retardant, Concise, on ’Homestead Red Carpet’ and ‘Homestead Purple’ trailing verbena.
A new report by Zion Research predicts the plant growth regulator market, which was valued at $3.5 Bn in 2014, will grow 8.2 percent to $6.4 Bn in 2020. Zion reports that the use of cotton in the textile industry, the strong demand for protein synthesis in plants and herbal plant production will drive the auxin, gibberellin and cytokinin segments respectively. The report predicts that the Asia Pacific region will experience significant growth during this time period, as will North America.
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. has released Haven Anti-transpirant for use on fruit, nut and vegetable crops, including corn, wheat and turf. The compound is designed to reduce excessive transpiration from plant leaves caused by excessive sunlight or drought. Haven reflects light and heat, allowing the plant to stay cool, thus reducing excessive transpiration that can stress the crop. Haven does not leave a visible deposit or residue on the crop.
Duane W. Greene, University of Massachusetts, has released a presentation entitled, “Apple Growth Management with Plant Growth Regulators.” The presentation provides insights concerning his review of use prohexadione-calcium (Pro-Ca) as a vegetative inhibitor, including application best practices and fruit set results.
A recent research paper entitled, “Regulating the regulators: responses of four plant growth regulators during clonal propagation of Lachenalia montana” evaluates the effects of an auxin and three cytokinin type plant growth regulators — at three different concentrations – on the clonal regeneration of the Lachenalia genus, which is known for its horticultural and ornamental value.