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August 23, 2006

Ranney develops new 'Carolina' dogwoods

Student with dogwood flower
Intern Irene Palmer, who works with with Dr. Tom Ranney to propagate disease-resistant dogwoods at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, here pollinates a dogwood flower. (Photo courtesy of Tom Ranney)

With its four-petalled flower heralding spring from North Carolina's coast to its forested mountains, the dogwood has come to be known - and treasured - as a symbol of rebirth and revitalization. And N.C. State University researchers are working to make sure it stays that way.

At the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Fletcher, Dr. Tom Ranney and his colleagues have spent the past five years working to breed hardier cultivars that withstand two diseases that have ravaged native flowering dogwoods. Recent grants from the N.C. Association of Nurserymen and Golden LEAF, a nonprofit organization focused on economic development, have allowed them to expand and accelerate these efforts.

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Posted by Natalie at August 23, 2006 09:56 AM