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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.

Learn to diagnose plant illness like drought stress with online Oregon State University course (Oregonian)

Learn to diagnose plant illness like drought stress with online Oregon State University course (Oregonian)
Identifying diseases, pests and other threats to plant health can be a challenge for even the most experienced gardener or landscaper. A new online course from Oregon State University aims to make diagnosing sick plants and choosing the right treatment easier.

Oregon State horticulture study brings life, color to Langley streets (South Whidbey Record)

Oregon State horticulture study brings life, color to Langley streets (South Whidbey Record)
A horticulture major at Oregon State University, Martin fulfilled several duties as a summer intern for the Langley Main Street Association.

Unearthed: Are patents a problem? (Washington Post)

Unearthed: Are patents a problem? (Washington Post)
Jim Myers, a professor of vegetable breeding and genetics at Oregon State University, says that patents, or patent disputes, sometimes lock up the building blocks of plants that used to be freely available to scientists. “Before patents, there was a lot of innovation that came out of trading germplasm [the genetic material of a plant]. Now, everyone has their own set of material that they do not share. . . . My sense is that we’re missing something here because of the lack of access to each other’s programs.”

Oregon State horticulture study brings color, life to Langley streets

The Langley Library has a new garden courtesy of one botanically inclined summer intern, Emily Martin.

A horticulture major at Oregon State University, Martin fulfilled several duties as a summer intern for the Langley Main Street Association.

Read more in the South Whidbey Record »

Learn to diagnose plant illnesses like drought stress with online Oregon State University course

Identifying diseases, pests and other threats to plant health can be a challenge for even the most experienced gardener or landscaper. A new online course from Oregon State University aims to make diagnosing sick plants and choosing the right treatment easier.

Plant Disease Certificate, a 10-week online course, teaches students to use a process of elimination to choose the best care for a variety of ill crops, garden and landscape plants and introduces them to some handy online diagnostic tools.

Read more in the Oregonian »

Register for the Plant Disease Certificate course »