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Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Marcia Westcott Peck, for The Oregonian/OregonLive.  Keep plants healthy with appropriate light exposure, watering schedule and temperature, and insects and pathogens are less likely to attack.

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


 Nuts, blanched kernels, and raw kernels of 'Barcelona' (left) and 'PollyO' (right) hazelnuts.  Image credit:  Shawn Mehlenbacher

Researchers from Oregon State University have completed an examination of, and have released, a new cross-bred hazelnut cultivar known as 'PollyO', and they have discovered it to be a rising star of hazelnuts grown within the United States.


“People may run into city ordinances if they let their yards grow wild, so make them functional,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension. 


Sustainable Lawn School

Build the knowledge and hands-on skills to get the most from your lawn. Join Alec Kowalewski, OSU Extension turfgrass specialist, for a hands-on, sustainable lawn experience. Practice using a dethatcher to restore a lawn, measuring irrigation...


Oregon State University entomologist Vaughn Walton in a blueberry trial at the Lewis-Brown Research Farm in Corvallis said spotted wing drosophila pressure has been extremely high this summer.  Photo: Mitch Lies/For the Capital Press

Scientists are looking at several unique methods for controlling spotted wing drosophila in blueberries.


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Scientist Award by the Oregon State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Research Honor Society on April 10.


Local growers and researchers from Oregon State University are teaming up to solve some of the biggest problems facing the state's fledgling sector.


View Garden Time video interview with David Lowenstein discussing the brown marmorated stinkbug and its natural predator, the samurai wasp. Tips on how you can help researchers discover where in Oregon the samurai  wasp is located.


photo of Gail Langellotto in flower garden

Now a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.


Give standout native Oregon grape a prominent place in the garden.

“There’s a new aesthetic,” said Weston Miller, horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Gardeners want to connect to nature and the heritage of plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest.”


Instead of tons per acre, Patty Skinkis says growers should start thinking in terms of pounds per linear foot. These ‘Pinot Noir’ have not been cluster thinned. (Photo: Patty Skinkis)

Don’t get her wrong. An associate professor and viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, Skinkis realizes the value of crop management. But growers can overdo it.


Hazelnut orchards took the brunt of the snowstorm, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulture agent for the Oregon State University Extension in Lane County. He said the snow broke branches in 10 to 30 percent of the hazelnut trees in the county.


Survey results show that the vast majority of Oregon’s school districts have implemented key integrated pest management practices, including reduced pesticide use, through training provided by Oregon State University.


Congratulations to the Horticulture Club in winning "Silver" at the Portland Home and Garden! View slides of their outstanding display here.


March 11 Science Pub offers the buzz about bees

An associate professor at Oregon State University will discuss the current status of honeybee health and sustainable beekeeping at the March edition of Science Pub Corvallis.


Blueberry Conference promotional photo

OREGON BLUEBERRY CONFERENCE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
7:55 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SALEM CONVENTION CENTER
200 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301 • Phone: 503.589.1700


A bumble bee and a honeybee pollinate canola flowers.

How pollinator-enhancement programs can be developed and enhanced is the subject of the PNW Pollinator Summit & Conference slated for Feb. 14-16 at the Oregon State University CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis.


But as Shawn Mehlenbacher, professor of hazelnut breeding and genetics at Oregon State University, explains, further expansion faces challenges.


Jim Myers of Oregon State University is part of a research cooperative that is breeding vegetable varieties especially suited for organic farming.

For the third time in nine years, the USDA will fund a multi-state research program dedicated to breeding new cultivars of vegetables specially adapted for organic farms.


Recent additions to the OSU Extension Catalog


Plants take up nutrients from the soil but when those nutrients are missing, it's time for fertilizer. "Plants pull out nutrients as they grow," said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon St...


“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for ...


A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons. Mateus Pasa was hired in April at the OSU Mid-Columbia Agricultural


Dr. Ryan Contreras awarded the 2018 Western Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences


Revision. This is a quick reference for those interested in establishing a vineyard in Oregon. A step-by-step format guides readers to the basic information they would need to consider before ...


Even most cat lovers agree that discouraging them is preferable to giving them free rein. But deterring them is easier said than done. It takes persistence and patience, said Brooke Edmunds, ...


“With a thermometer, no guess work is needed. Soil temperature is the best indicator of when to plant each type of vegetable, no matter what climate zone you live in,” said Jim Myers, Oregon State...


Two products under development by Oregon State University could give Northwest berry growers new options for controlling the spotted wing drosophila, a particularly harmful type of fruit fly.


New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study is published in the journal ...


Join us in celebrating the achievements of the recipients of the University Awards.


Wondering which plants will attract bees to your garden? We asked The Oregon Bee Project  to put together a list of plants that our local pollinators love.  The science-based list they came up ...


While much of Oregon agriculture is “helping to grow bees” in that many of its crops attract pollinators, innovations with habitat continue, said Andony Melathopoulos, Oregon State University...


Revision. This is a quick reference for those interested in establishing a vineyard in Oregon. A step-by-step format guides readers to the basic information they would need to consider before ...


In a report published this month in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Lowenstein, a postdoctoral research associate at Oregon State University, and colleagues detail their...


Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale, Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Join us for the BCMGA annual plant sale. Perennials, natives, veggies, trees, shrubs...


Honeybees are among the first of the bee species to become active each year, said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension.


Revised Pest/Insect/Weed Management Handbooks


Hazelnuts are the most important orchard crop in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where nearly the entire U.S. crop is produced. It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State ...


Most growers by now have converted from impact sprinklers that ran every week or 10 days to microsprinklers or drip irrigation, said Lynn Long, part-time research extension horticulture specialist for Oregon State University in The Dalles....


Experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service suggest looking for shrubs with a range of shapes and sizes of foliage to contrast with the plants around them. Also, look at the color...


Learn how to develop a sustainable landscape for your farm, garden or land in this 10-week online certificate program. Limited space available in this popular Oregon State program...


Congratulations Andony Melathopoulos! You won the Outreach and Engagement Award for Excellence for the Oregon Bee Project.


At its annual meeting on February 23, NARBA presented its annual Distinguished Service award to Bernadine Strik of Oregon State University and Fred Finney, retiring President of NARBA...


Other collaborators include Beers; Dalila Rendon, an Oregon State University postdoctoral associate; and Richard Hilton, an OSU entomologist. They have been sending Cooper samples of psylla from...


“There was massive feeding to newly harvested fields; it was really an all-hands-on-deck type of situation,” said Nicole Anderson, Oregon State University Extension Field Crops Agronomist in...


Limited garden space precludes being able to grow some of the larger vegetables, according to Brooke Edmunds, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist. For instance, growing corn on...


However, many varieties exist, some of which have even sought protected geographical status. Lane Selman, an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University and the founder of the Culinary...


When Frank and Ann Wisnovsky called on Porter Lombard at the Southern Oregon Experiment Station almost a half century ago, he wasn’t surprised...


Describes the life stages of the bronze birch borer and the damage it causes. Provides information for homeowners on assessing the level of damage to their trees and the steps they can take to...


This publication outlines guidelines for best practices for beekeeping in residential areas. It outlines the steps residential beekeepers can take to operate their bees in nuisance-free manner.


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