2010 Annual Report
Specific progress during the reporting cycle includes the establishment of a research and demonstration site at a major (>800 acre) nursery. At this site, a 22 node wireless data acquisition system that uploads data from 110 sensors to the internet every 5 minutes was installed. On a monthly basis, data were collected on plant physiology and morphology.
Monitoring activities by the Authorized Departmental Officer's Designated Representative (ADODR) over the project included communications by phone and by electronic means, and a face-to-face meeting at the American Society for Horticultural Science annual meeting in August, 2010 in Palm Desert, California. Briefly, parameterization of the physiological response on a genotype basis allows reliable modeling of transpiration, thus circumventing over watering or under watering. Moreover, representing genetic variation in physiological traits through genotype-specific model parameters has resulted in a practical means to improve nursery crop transpiration predictions across varying environments.