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NC State Has Strong Presence at International Symposium

Paul Bartley and Paige Herring displaying their awards
Paul Bartley and Paige Herring displaying their awards

Scenic Portland, Oregon, was the setting for the 2017 International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture, where four NC State horticultural science students were honored.

The annual meeting, held Aug. 20-25, attracts scientists and allied industries from around the world who share knowledge in the fields of soilless substrates and hydroponics, characterization of soilless substrates and composts, new technologies for compost production and characterization, and novel uses of compost in plant production.

The International Society for Horticultural Science awarded first place to Paul Barley (PhD)  and third place to Paige Herring (MS) for their student oral presentations. In the student poster presentation competition, Josh Henry (PhD) and Hunter Landis (MS) won first and second place, respectively.

Each student award winner will be recognized in the symposium report published in the ISHS membership magazine Chronica Horticulturae. Awardees are invited to write a summary on their research, to be considered for publication in Chronica Horticulturae.

NC State’s impact upon the international meeting went beyond the awards. Recognized for his research and academic contributions in horticultural substrates, Dr. Brian Jackson, associate professor of horticultural science, served as the symposium convener.  In addition, the N.C. Agricultural Foundation sponsored the event.

Josh Henry, PhD student, at the ISHS meeting with his first place poster on Nutrient Disorders of Salanova Red lettuce.

Hunter Landis, MS student
Hunter Landis, MS student, with his second place poster on Incorporating Slow Release Coated Polymer Aluminum Sulfate into the Substrate to Produce Blue Hydrangeas.