Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013's new publications!

So far this spring, SNRAS has published four new publications, including our updated faculty listing.

The latest issue of the University of Alaska's oldest research magazine, Agroborealis, now in its 43rd year, features articles written by SNRAS faculty on sabbatical in China, Namibia, and Taiwan. Articles cover a broad range of topics, from the creation of new knowledge and researching watersheds to alternative livestock to peony marketing and research to Namibian wildlife conservancy management and more.

Sometimes an article in Agroborealis is in such demand that it is converted into a separate publication: "Two Thousand Years of Peonies: Lessons for Alaska Peony Growers," by Dr. Mingchu Zhang (pictured on the cover of our 2013 Faculty Brochure) is one such article. The peony cut flower growing industry is hungry for information about Alaska horticulture, marketing niches, statistics, and other information. Zhang went to China and learned about medicinal research, peony marketing, the longstanding traditions and history of peonies in China, and made many useful contacts.

Dr. Patricia Holloway and Katherine Buchholtz recently released the first of what promises to be annual reviews of the peony industry in Alaska, providing statistical baselines to compare the growth of the industry over time: "The State of the Alaska Peony Industry 2012."

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