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Vegetable Horticulture

Horticulture Laboratory

Photos by J. McConnell from Color Atlas of Common Weeds of Guam.

Horticulture is the science and art of propagating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. In addition to standard practices, recent knowledge of genetics, plant physiology, biochemistry, ecology, plant pathology, molecular biology, and soils have been incorporated to studies in this lab and in the field of research.

The University of Guam’s horticulture lab is located in the Agriculture & Life Sciences Building under the direct supervision of Dr. Mari Marutani. The horticulture lab and its projects are over-seen by Dr. Marutani who has been in this field of research for a number of years. Through federal grants, students work as Research Assistants for Dr. Marutani. They assist in various field and lab research projects. These projects output information that is important to other researchers, extension and the community.


Projects: Through the years, Dr. Marutani and the staff of the horticulture lab have conducted numerous projects, and have recorded volumes of research.
One important past project involved the recovery of an endangered plant species in the Mariana Islands, Serianthes nelsonii Merr. (Fabaceae)
·         Meet the goals of the Recovery Plan for Serianthes nelsonii prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in February 1994.
·         Propagation of seedlings to re-establish the plant population on Guam.
·         Monitor the existing mature tree in native limestone forest.

The following researchers are involved with this Field of Study:

Mari N Marutani - Publications


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