ARS Scientists invited to visit Northwest nursery industry and researchers Scientists from the Application Technology Research Unit traveled to Oregon June 2-6. Research Leader Charles Krause and fellow ATRU scientists James Altland, Richard Derksen, Jonathan Frantz, Mike Reding, and Heping Zhu were invited to shared their nursery and greenhouse research experiences with nursery crop producers near Portland, Oregon and to learn about knowledge gaps and research needs. The ATRU staff also visited with ARS staff at the USDA Horticultural Lab Corvallis and Oregon State University staff at the North Willamette Research/Extension Center to discuss research programs and to identify possible areas of collaboration ATRU staff will return to the Northwest later this year to demonstrate the effectiveness of different spraying practices and to establish field test research programs.
Dr. Zhu visits Belgium for Crop Protection Symposium May 20, 2008 Dr. Heping Zhu participated in the 60th International Symposium on Crop Protection in Ghent, Belgium. In addition to serving as Chair for the Application Technology Session, Dr. Zhu presented a paper on "Evaporation and deposition coverage of single droplets on various waxy surfaces". Representatives from 28 countries shared information on new developments in biological control of plan pathogens, phytopathology, nematology, agricultural entomology, integrated pest management, application technology and other subject areas. Dr. Zhu and the rest of the scientists with the Application Technology Research Unit look forward to the collaborative opportunities made possible through this exchange of international expertise in the field of crop protection.
Dr. Locke presents information on the scope and direction of the Greenhouse Production Research Group's mission. On February 29, research plant pathologist James Locke, ARS-ATRU Greenhouse Production Research Group, Toledo, OH, presented a talk at the Society of American Florists 24th Annual Conference on Pest and Disease Management in Ornamentals in Atlanta, GA.His presentation was entitled "Current, Short Term, Future and Star Wars Research Project for Ornamental Crops."The presentation highlighted how this congressionally- initiated project addresses current floricultural industry needs and is providing science-based information for both regional and national stakeholders.
Dr. Heping Zhu attends the 8th Annual Pesticide Stewardship Conference On February 25, 2008, Dr. Heping Zhu attended the 8th Annual Pesticide Stewardship Conference organized by The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) in Asheville, North Carolina and presented a paper "Comparison of drift potentials between air induction and conventional nozzles". During the conference, he also demonstrated the DRIFTSIM computer program and the pressure gauge calibrator for the conference attendees. The mission of TPSA is to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and longevity of various pesticide stewardship efforts.
ARS Agricultural Engineer to report on Asian Soybean Rust research results at national symposium On Dec. 12-14, Agricultural Engineer Richard Derksen, ARS Application Technology Research Unit, Wooster, OH, will attend the 2007 National Soybean Rust Symposium in Louisville, KY.Dr. Derksen will present his invited presentation, "Fungicide Application Technology" highlighting collaborative work between ARS and The Ohio State University to determine the effect several different application strategies had on the fate of pesticide sprays in a soybean canopy susceptible to Asian Soybean Rust (ASR) infection.Highlights of this presentation include a report of fungicide residue analysis on stem and leave material sampled from treated plants in a drilled planted system.
Dr. Heping Zhu recognized as 2006 Midwest Area Early Career Research Scientist of the Year Washington DC. Dr. Heping Zhu, Agricultural Engineer with the Application Technology Research Unit in Wooster, Ohio has been named the Midwest Area's Early Career Scientist of the year for 2006. Dr. Zhu will be recognized at the ARS Annual Recognition Program on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in Washington DC. The Scientist of the Year Awards commend the creative efforts, scientific leadership, and major research achievements of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Their contributions help position ARS in the forefront of agricultural research.Dr. Zhu is recognized for his outstanding productivity using on-farm and laboratory research to address the challenges of the nursery industry.
Dr. Krause Receives 2007 ONLA Certificate of Merit Columbus, Ohio. The 2007 Award of Merit from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) was presented to Dr. Charles R. Krause on January 23, 2007. The award that stated "For giving unselfishly of your time, talent and resources to serve the association, and thus, the Green Industry in Ohio" was presented by ONLA President Carl Losely, Herman Losely and Son Nursery, Perry, OH, during the Annual ONLA Convention for his outstanding research contributions to Ohio Green Industry. Krause heads a multidisciplinary research team of the USDA, ARS, MWA, Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU), based at the Ohio State University's, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster and at the University of Toledo worksite. Also at the ONLA Convention, Krause, ATRU Entomologists Michael Reding and Christopher Ranger and Agricultural Engineers, Richard Derksen and Heping Zhu displayed research results and participated in the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS) that had over 13,000 attendees.