By Ashlee Skinner, Graduate Research Assistant
In late September, our graduate students attended and presented at the annual ASHS Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. This year was my first time attending the American Society of Horticultural Science. It was exciting to see the diversity of talks held at the conference. Some of the topics discussed included: climate change, plasticulture, native Hawaiian plants, soil nutrient management, and forestry. I was overwhelmed by the many exciting topics to choose from. My favorite talk during the conference was a keynote address given by Jonathan L. Deenik, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His presentation was titled, “Atolls to High Volcanoes: Soil Diversity & Agricultural Adaptations Across Micronesia”, and he explained how the diversity of soils in the Marshall Islands affect the vegetation on the islands, which in turn impacts agricultural production. I was impressed by how his talk provided a unique perspective on the barriers to agricultural production in island environments.
Even though the majority of my time at the conference was spent attending lectures, I also enjoyed the networking component of the event. I met many graduate students from around the United States, and bonded with many of my fellow graduate students from K-State. I’m extremely grateful I had the opportunity to attend ASHS, and gain exposure to the future of horticultural research.
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