News for the Horticulture Department

Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

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

OSU horticulturist lists least toxic sprays and treatment for fruit trees (Oregonian)

OSU horticulturist lists least toxic sprays and treatment for fruit trees (Oregonian)
Follow that with appropriate sprays to get at those pesky insects, fungi and bacteria that like to make a home in cracks and crevices, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Lawn Seed Mixtures for Western Oregon and Western Washington

EM 9100, Lawn Seed Mixtures for Western Oregon and Western Washington
Authors: Stan Baker, Alec Kowalewski, Brian McDonald, and Rob Golembiewski
New November 2014, 5 pages, NC
https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/54019/em9...

Turns out, the future of food lies in these old seeds (Yahoo News)

Turns out, the future of food lies in these old seeds (Yahoo News)
Selman is a research assistant in the Organic Vegetable Research program at Oregon State University and a researcher with one of the big OSA research efforts called the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative.

Sharing your home with hitchhiking stink bugs? Here’s how to boot them (Oregonian)

Sharing your home with hitchhiking stink bugs? Here’s how to boot them (Oregonian)
“They’re unmistakable because of the stinky, irritating odor when they’re crushed,” said Vaughn Walton, an entomologist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “They move from wild host plants to our gardens and then in large amounts into our homes. That’s when people get really upset. Bugs inside freak people out.”

Task force: report pesticide use, research bee diseases (Portland Tribune)

Task force: report pesticide use, research bee diseases (Portland Tribune)
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.”