Jeffrey Endelman Wins Award

Horticulture’s Jeffrey Endelman has been selected to receive the Elton D. and Carrie R. Aberle Faculty Fellow Award.

The award, established by former CALS dean Abe Aberle and his wife, is designed to recognize and reward promising young faculty within CALS, supporting them during their first few critical years as faculty members.

Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin

The latest issue of Grow: Wisconsin’s Magazine for the Life Sciences provides insight into Wisconsin’s Master Gardener program through the eyes of current volunteer Jane de Broux in the featured article “Gardening for the People”.

The Master Gardener program is housed within the Department of Horticulture in Moore Hall under the direction of Mike Maddox and Susan Mahr.

History of Horticulture Department

At the 125th Anniversary celebration of the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture on June 19, a new History of Horticulture was provided to attendees.  The publication, under the direction of Professor Emeritus Ted Tibbitts, outlines the beginning years of the department, highlights departmental events, and provides information on current programs. The publication is available in downloadable pdf format here:  History of Horticulture at UW Madison.

Zalapa Lab exhibits at USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C.

For researchers in Dr. Juan Zalapa’s Cranberry Genetics and Genomics Lab, part of the USDA-ARS Vegetable Crops Research Unit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, cranberries are more than a side dish on their Thanksgiving tables, they are the main course in their daily studies.

Daily tasks of the Zalapa lab include using modern molecular genetic tools combined with classical breeding strategies to improve the fruit yield and other qualities of cranberries, making them part of a healthy diet while at the same time helping Wisconsin cranberry producers grow more cranberries in increasingly sustainable ways to ensure that Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in production. In addition to their work in the lab, the Zalapa group has been actively involved in making their cranberry research available to the public through outreach events, serving over 4,000 people in nine diverse events over the past year alone. Due to this commitment to outreach, Dr. Zalapa’s lab was recently sponsored by the National Science Foundation as an exhibitor at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 25-27. This was a four day extravaganza at one of the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) festivals in the world with over with over 325,000 attendees and 3,000 hands-on exhibits.  Read the entire article here.

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Hybrid Trees being trialed

Sixteen new varieties of maple and alder trees developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been planted in six communities in an experiment to judge how well the trees stand up against disease, pests and other assaults.

The trees will be getting their first checkup this spring after living in the wild for a year. And in the coming years, researchers will monitor how well they fare and whether any could be used to diversify Wisconsin’s tree stock.  b99259002z.1_20140430213843_000_gjn601u2.1-1

The attack of emerald ash borer raises the likelihood of widespread loss of ash varieties in the coming years as it continues to spread across Wisconsin.

Oak wilt is killing oak trees, and Dutch elm disease has left most communities with few, if any, elm trees that once towered over streets.

Maples are widely planted, but there are concerns Wisconsin is susceptible to the Asian long-horned beetle, which has infected tree populations in Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Illinois. Infestations in New Jersey and Illinois have been eradicated, officials in the two states say.

The 16 new varieties of maple and alder trees were developed by Brent McCown, a professor emeritus of horticulture at UW-Madison, and William Hoch, formerly a graduate student at UW and currently an associate professor of plant sciences at Montana State University.

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