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Re: NC1186 Annual Report - Help needed

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Marc W van Iersel <[log in to unmask]>

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Marc W van Iersel <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:39:28 +0000

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We have developed a template for the station reports for another project.  It basically allows the secretary or chair to just cut and paste everything in the required annual USDA report.  It makes the whole process easy and I suggest we adopt (or adapt, since we may want some different sub categories) this format for NC1186 as well.

Marc


This is the format we use for NCERA-101:

Content for NCERA-101 Station Reports
 
1. Impact Nugget:  A concise statement of advancements, accomplishments and impacts.  (Limit to 1-2 sentences)

2 New Facilities and Equipment. Include sensors, instruments, and control systems purchased/installed.
3. Unique Plant Responses.  Include noteworthy findings in controlled environment research.

4. Accomplishment Summaries.  Draft one to three short paragraphs (2 to 5 sentences each) that summarize research or outreach accomplishments that relate to the NCERA-101 objectives (see below).  Please use language that the general public can readily comprehend.  

4. Impact Statements.  Please draft 2 or 3 impact statement summaries related to the NCERA-101 objectives (listed below).  Statements should be quantitative when possible and be oriented towards the general public.  This is perhaps the most difficult yet most important part of the report.  Two examples are listed below.

5. Published Written Works.  Include scientific publications, trade magazine articles, books, posters, websites developed, and any other relevant printed works produced.  Please use the formatting in the examples below.

6. Scientific and Outreach Oral Presentations.  Include workshops, colloquia, conferences, symposia, and industry meetings in which you presented and/or organized.  See below for formatting.
 
7. Other relevant accomplishments and activities.
          
Station reports will be posted on the NCERA-101 website. 
 
Examples of Impact Nuggets:  
 
Michigan State University has developed and distributed software to bedding plant growers that can potentially reduce their energy consumption by up to 30% by optimizing temperature and light. 
 
University of Georgia has developed recommendations for using automated irrigation controllers that may reduce water use by 40% to 70%.
 
Examples of Accomplishments

Purdue University grew five day-neutral or everbearing cultivars of strawberry plants with three different day/night temperature regimes in growth chambers or in a greenhouse.  Chamber plants were hand pollinated, while greenhouse plants were pollinated by hand or by vibrating wand.  The coolest temperatures (18 C days/10 C nights) produced more berries with better flavor.  No effect of pollination method was found, possibly due to heavier insect loads on plants pollinated more intensively.  

Rutgers University quantified the impact of a manually operated energy curtain on the recorded inside soil and air temperatures and daily light integrals during early season high tunnel production of tomato.  Data collected from late March through mid-May for two New Jersey locations and two growing seasons revealed that the use of an energy curtain inside a high tunnel increased the inside nighttime air temperature on average by 1.4 °C (or 13%) compared to a tunnel without a curtain.  The use of an energy curtain inside a high tunnel increased the inside nighttime soil temperature on average by 0.5°C (or 4%) compared to a tunnel without a curtain but also decreased the accumulated inside light by approximately 5%. 

Examples of Impact Statements

Lighting and temperature studies at Michigan State University have quantified the effects of growing bedding plants under different greenhouse conditions.  As a result, flowering time and plant quality can be more accurately predicted by commercial greenhouse growers to meet their scheduled market dates.  This information can be incorporated with energy consumption models to predict the amount of energy consumed when crops are grown at different temperatures.  Growers who optimize temperature and light can potentially reduce their energy consumption by up to 30%. 

The availability of water for agricultural use is under pressure, and more efficient use of the available water is increasingly important. Research at the University of Georgia has shown that efficiency can be increased by applying water based on the actual needs of the crops. This can be done using automated irrigation controllers that maintain substrate water content at a grower-determined level. Research indicates that a substrate water content of 15% (v/v) is adequate for most crops. Using automated controllers to maintain this substrate water level may reduce water use by 40% to 70%.
 
 
Format for Published Works (arrange alphabetically)

Books
Hartmann, H.T., D.E. Kester, F.T. Davies, Jr. and R.L. Geneve. 2002. Hartmann and Kester’s Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices. Seventh Edition. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 

Book Chapters
Gent, M.P.N. and R.J. McAvoy. 2000. Plant growth retardants in ornamental horticulture. In: Plant Growth Regulators in Agriculture and Horticulture: Their Role and Commercial Uses. A.S. Basra, (ed.) Good Products Press, NY. pp. 89-146.     

Refereed Journal Articles
Shimizu, H., E.S. Runkle, and R.D. Heins. 2004. A steady-state model for prediction of poinsettia plant shoot-tip temperature. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129:303-312.

Symposium Proceedings
Fleisher, D.H., H. Baruh and K.C. Ting. 2001. Model-based predictive control for biomass production in advanced life support.  Proceedings of the 2nd IFAC-CIGR Workshop on Intelligent Control for Agricultural Applications, Bali, Indonesia. August 22-24. pp. 198-203.

Poster Presentations
Padhye, S., E.S. Runkle, and A.C. Cameron. 2005. Quantifying the vernalization response of Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Bath’s Pink’. HortScience 40:1013 (poster presentation). 

Popular Articles
Albright, L.D., R.S. Gates, K.G. Arvanitis and A. E. Drysdale. 2001. Control strategies for plant shoot and root environments on Earth and in space. IEEE Control Systems Magazine: Agriculture and the Environment 21(5):28-47.

Fausey, B., E. Runkle, A.C. Cameron, R.D. Heins, W.H. Carlson. 2001. Herbaceous perennials: Heuchera. Greenhouse Grower 19(6):50-62.

Other Creative Works
Donnell, M. and T.H. Short. 2001. An interactive economic analysis and business plan for hydroponic lettuce production. Program was developed on an OSUE hydroponics homepage site. 

Prenger J. and P.P. Ling. 2001. Greenhouse condensation control – understanding and using vapor pressure deficit (VPD). Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet, AEX-804-2001. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. 

Format for Scientific and Outreach Presentations (arrange alphabetically)

Lopez, R.G. and E.S. Runkle. 2006. Quantifying the thermal tolerance of non-rooted Impatiens hawkeri cuttings and their subsequent performance. XXVII International Horticultural Congress, Seoul, Korea.

Runkle, E.S. 2005. Controlling plant growth and development with environment. International Plug & Cutting Conference, Dearborn, MI.
 



-----Original Message-----
From: Water Management and Quality for Ornamental Crop Production and Health [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Owen, Jim
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:45 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: NC1186 Annual Report - Help needed

Hello All:

I spoke too soon.  My job as chair is not complete.  All members have submitted a station report, however all station reports do not contain the needed information for the annual report.  Therefore I am writing to ask you to take a few minutes to assist in submitting a comprehensive station report.  I need everyone to submit an accomplishment, impact statement and/or publication(s) relevant to the project.Each should be brief and concise . All instiitutions do not have to have all three.  In the future we will modify the station report format to provide this information to streamline workload.  I apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Jim

Format

Institution

Accomplishment(s): In this section focus on intended outcomes. This information should be built around the activity's milestones, as they were identified in the original proposal. The report should also reflect on the items that stakeholders want to know, or want to see.  These accomplishments cover only the current year.

Impact Statement(s): The definition of impact is: "The quantifiable difference a land-grant program makes in the quality of life for its clients and general citizenry." Supplementing that brief statement is also the definition of an impact statement: "A brief statement that describes the social, environmental, and/or economic difference that your research, teaching, or extension efforts have made on the public. Specifically, it states your accomplishments and the payoff to society. Impacts cover only the current year of the project.

Publication(s): For SAES-422 reports list the publications for current year only (with the authors, title, journal series, etc.).

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