Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee reviews projects submitted for consideration for scientific grants from the American Hosta Society. These are usually in the area of basic scientific research. Some examples of past research include:

  • 1993 – Dr. B. Lockhart, Univ. of Minnesota, Isolation, and identification of suspected hosta viruses.

  • 1994 – Dr. J. Baker, Dept. of Entomology, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service – Foliar nematode control on hostas for gardeners and nursery professionals.

  • 1995 – Dr. David Beattie and Wendy Britton , Penn State University – Optimum slow-release fertilizer rates and pH of soilless mixes for five tissue culture hostas.

  • 1996 – Dr. Campbell Davidson, Morden Research Station ON Canada – Freezing tolerance of various cultivars and species of hostas.

  • 1996 – Dr. M. Saunders and Dr. S. Katti, Penn State University – Exploratory survey for presence of native nematodes pathogenic to hosta damaging slugs.

  • 1998 – Dr. Royal Heins and Beth Fausey, Michigan State University – Photoperiodism, Cold duration and temperature affects on plant emergence, growth and time to flowering

  • 1999 – Dr. Ganpat Jagdale and Dr. Parwinder Grewal, Ohio State University OARDC – Garden control of pathogenic foliar nematodes.

The Scientific Committee actively (and successfully) solicits unfunded scientific papers, reports and reviews from botanical scholars and horticulturists for presentation at the Scientific Sessions and for publication in the Journal. The fall 1994 Journal contains reports on unfunded research regarding dormancy factors and temperature in hostas, a "white paper" announcing clarification of the taxonomy principles adopted by the Society and the International Registration Authority for the Genus Hosta (run by the American Hosta Society) and which will therefore become the standard for the horticultural community in America and the world.

The Scientific Committee arranges the Scientific Program at the Annual Convention and at the annual AHS Winter Scientific Meeting. In addition they sanction an annual series of practical as well as scientific workshops at the regional level entitled the "Hosta College," which has been held in Piqua, Ohio. It is a one day session and covers such topics as principles of photography, garden and landscape design, genetics of hybridization, pragmatic sessions on seed germination and plant propagation and other similar topics.

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