Droning the Dogwoods

New technologies help the classical tree breeding

Drones wake from the winter slumber, and help scientist

Our dogwood F2 hybrid population has been and continues to deliver important scientific insights. See here, here, and here.

Now, the plants are older and started flowering. This provides opportunity to re-address the leaf color, in regard to the bracts (flower) color. We also score annually for powdery mildew (Erysiphe pulchra) status.

It was great to receive technological support from Dr. Jamie A. Greig in documenting the leaf color expression... from the above. This sure makes for some powerful pictures, worth thousands of words (and hopefully at least one good Peer-Reviewed OpenAccess paper).

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