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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.

EM 9143, The Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon

EM 9143, The Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon
D. Caron, K. Torgerson, C. Breece, R. Sagili
New. Although no significant damage has been reported from this pest in Oregon and it is not clear whether this beetle can thrive in this state, the beetle has been a menace in many states and poses a threat to Oregon through migratory bee colonies and from package bees and queens purchased from regions where the beetle is well established, such as Southern California, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

What’s the best mulch? OSU horticulturist explains pros and cons (Oregonian)

What’s the best mulch? OSU horticulturist explains pros and cons (Oregonian)
“It really does reduce your work load,” said Linda Brewer, a senior research assistant in Oregon State University’s department of horticulture. “Once applied it cuts down on weeding and watering.”

Encourage kids to explore imagination in the garden (Statesman Journal)

Encourage kids to explore imagination in the garden (Statesman Journal)
“One of the keys to getting kids interested in gardening is to get them engaged,” said Joy Jones, Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener coordinator in Tillamook County. “Let them explore what catches their attention, especially small children.”

Plant trends: Small, new and purple (Oregonian)

Plant trends: Small, new and purple (Oregonian)
“People like what’s new or different,” said Claudia Groth, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener for more than 25 years. “It’s the human condition. We want what’s trending.”

Gorge’s wine success rooted in Wright’s old vine legacy (Capital Press)

Gorge’s wine success rooted in Wright’s old vine legacy (Capital Press)
For winemakers, the Gorge represents the “blessing and challenge” of a diverse American Viticultural Area, said Mark Chien, program coordinator of the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University. “They are well on their way to making great wine,” Chien said. “It’s sort of like where the Willamette Valley was 25 years ago: You figure out what the heck you’ve got and what to do about it.”