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HortTalks, a valuable scientific resource

The American Society for Horticultural Science has published multimedia podcast files of 98 horticulture presentations from the 2007 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

American Society for Horticultural Science

Are you looking for the latest horticulture research on high tunnels, grafting vegetables or water conservation practices?

The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) has published multimedia podcast files of 98 horticulture presentations from the 2007 ASHS Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. HortTalks features a broad selection of horticulture presentations by world-class scientists, innovative professors, and first-rate educators. Click on http://ashs.org/resources/videoworkshopseries.html to explore this resource.

Produced by Tim Rhodus, ASHS Digital Information Resource Editor, and Victor van Buchem, the HortTalks catalog now includes more than 200 enhanced podcast presentations recorded at the 2006 and 2007 ASHS Annual Conferences and the 2007 North American Strawberry Symposium. Students, educators, researchers, industry members and the public are invited to explore this valuable scientific resource.

HortTalks is fully searchable by conference session, presenter, presentation title or abstract keyword. All the HortTalks enhanced podcast presentations are high-quality audio recordings synchronized with full-screen presentation slides. All the presentations are playable directly from the ASHS website using the Apple QuickTime Player and are also available for download from the ASHS HortTalks Podcast Series on iTunes. Viewers have full control over the playback of these files and can watch the presentation full-screen on their desktop computers.

Topics recorded at the 2007 Annual Conference include: Small Fruit and Grape Crop Injury Across the U.S. from the Historic Freeze in April 2007; Transgenic Horticultural Crops: Challenges and Opportunities; Breeding Horticultural Crops for Sustainable and Organic Production; High Tunnels - Season Extension Technology for Production of Horticultural Crops; Biotechnology Strategies for Improving Horticultural Crops for Human Health; and Grafting Vegetables for Enhanced Production and Quality.

Additional topics include: Weed Management in Sustainable/Organic Production Systems for Horticultural Crops; Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in Horticulture; Sustaining the Urban Landscape; Exploring Edible and Medicinal Plants of Arid Regions; Development of New Characters in Table Grapes; What is the new Standard Material Transfer Agreement"; Water Conservation Practices for Nursery Crop Protection; Vegetable Breeding; Floriculture; Fruit and Nut Production; Teaching Methods; Biotechnology for Horticultural Crops; and the Presidential Address.

Professor Rhodus, Ohio State University Horticulture & Crop Science, and the inVirtual Perspective Technology Team design, develop and implement systems for authoring, publishing and archiving digital content. The inVP team primarily develops system tools in two areas: information management and communication. These robust systems help Ohio State faculty and staff author, publish, distribute and archive educational content and information, including news, technical tips, notes, career profiles and courses. The online systems provide 24/7 access to pertinent information while saving money though the elimination of printing and mailing costs. The team's work adds value to the department through is ability to manage, publish, and distribute content efficiently and effectively.

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