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Everyday Business | Hort Show: Ag science on display

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Hort Show Poster Session
A curious attendee peruses ag science presentations Tuesday at the 109th Annual Meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association in Wenatchee.

They look like science projects, but they have nothing to do with homemade volcanoes or growing crystals in a pie pan.

Those long rows of tri-fold display boards — called the Poster Session — at the entrance to the 109th Annual Meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association & Northwest Hort Expo present some of the latest, cutting-edge science of interest to growers and shippers from researchers around the U.S. (with lots of it developed right here in Wenatchee).

“Growers love this stuff. They’re really interested in what’s coming down the line,” said one Poster Session visitor.

OK, some of these presentations zip right over a layman’s head — “Phenotypic Diversity for Sugars and Acids in RosBreed Apple Germplasm” — but others seem simple enough. “Shoulders and Backs during Harvest: Ergonomic Comparisons of Picking from Ladders and Platforms” sounds like an easy topic to pluck. We all have shoulders. We all have backs. Some of us have ladders.

This year, about 80 displays cover seven huge subject areas — genetics, production, post harvest, insects (good and bad), diseases, economics (good and bad), technology and assorted “other” studies — so you science-minded types can spend hours in the convention center’s sunny lobby pondering a “Phenotypic Evaluation of Obliquebanded Leaf-roller in Mining for Natural Resistance in Apples.”

Admit it ... you love this stuff, too.