Many aspects of our research are of broad interest to the public. We
give tours of our laboratory to civic, educational, and alumni
groups on request. Please contact us if you have a group that is
interested in a tour.
SEEDS OF DWARF CROPS There is no
commercial seed source of the
super-dwarf crop plants that we have identified and
characterized. This is partly because of difficulties in producing
field grown seed of these extremely short plants. It is also because
these small plants have small seed size and it is difficult to
produce high quality seed. We have thus increased the seed of these
lines in our controlled environment facilities (greenhouses and
growth chambers). We regret that we are no longer able to provide
free seed samples. TO PURCHASE SEEDS PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Our dwarf tomato, pepper, and
pea seeds are recommended for use in classroom settings where light
is limiting. Fixtures with compact fluorescent bulbs and/or
fluorescent tubes placed directly above the plants will provide
adequate light for these cultivars. Our dwarf wheat cultivars do
well vegetatively under fluorescent lights in the classroom, but
require a bit more light for normal seed head production. Our rice
and soybean cultivars are recommended only for use in research
settings where supplemental light levels are closer to those in the
field. If you are a researcher and are interested in these
cultivars, please send your request via e-mail.
We have also conducted research on a number of
commercially available cultivars with compact stature. Among the
many, the pepper cultivar "Fruit Basket" is currently available from
Park Seed Company, catalog number 5620 (800-845-3366) and is $36 for
250 seeds. For tomatoes, the cultivar "Red Robin" is also a good
choice. This variety is available from Tomato Growers Supply
Company, Ft. Meyers, Florida for $2 per packet. Other vendors may
carry stock of these as well.