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Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system (Capital Press)

Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system (Capital Press)
The report also recommends that legislators spend $500,000 on new equipment for Oregon State University’s honey bee lab and fund four technicians and supplies at $500,000 a year as part of a “state of the art bee health diagnostic facility.” (see also Portland Tribune)

Fruits and vegetables are about to enter a flavor renaissance (Pacific Standard)

Fruits and vegetables are about to enter a flavor renaissance (Pacific Standard)
Lane Selman, an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University (OSU) and the emcee of the Portland feast, wants to change that. She recently founded the Culinary Breeding Network (CBN), a first-of-its-kind organization that fosters collaboration between cooks, farmers, plant breeders, and seed growers.

Extension Service horticulturist extends his reach around the globe (Register-Guard)

Extension Service horticulturist extends his reach around the globe (Register-Guard)
Penhallegon, a longtime horticulturist with the Oregon State University/Lane County Extension Service and an associate professor at OSU, has made almost 50 trips to such impoverished nations since that initial one.

Good season for grapes, hazelnuts in Douglas County (KVAL)

Good season for grapes, hazelnuts in Douglas County (KVAL)
Steve Renquist, a horticulture specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Roseburg, said there are approximately 1,500 acres of vineyards and 220 acres of hazelnut orchards.

Arugula as an aphrodisiac (Oregonian)

Arugula as an aphrodisiac (Oregonian)
“If you live in the warmer, wetter regions of the state, you can plant lettuce and other greens now,” said Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Myers. “In the colder areas of the state, a cold frame or cloche can help lengthen the harvest season into winter.”