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Boca Raton, FL, United States

Everglades University is a small private college located in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The university is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees.It was originally called the American Flyers College when it was established in 1990. In 1998 it was purchased by the owners of Keiser University who changed it to a non-profit school purchasing administrative services from the for-profit Keiser.In 2011 Everglades College Inc., which owns Everglades University bought Keiser University which was then turned into a non-profit school. Wikipedia.

Shi P.-J.,Nanjing Forestry University | Xu Q.,Nanjing Forestry University | Sandhu H.S.,Everglades University | Gielis J.,University of Antwerp | And 3 more authors.
Ecology and Evolution

The relationship between spatial density and size of plants is an important topic in plant ecology. The self-thinning rule suggests a -3/2 power between average biomass and density or a -1/2 power between stand yield and density. However, the self-thinning rule based on total leaf area per plant and density of plants has been neglected presumably because of the lack of a method that can accurately estimate the total leaf area per plant. We aimed to find the relationship between spatial density of plants and total leaf area per plant. We also attempted to provide a novel model for accurately describing the leaf shape of bamboos. We proposed a simplified Gielis equation with only two parameters to describe the leaf shape of bamboos one model parameter represented the overall ratio of leaf width to leaf length. Using this method, we compared some leaf parameters (leaf shape, number of leaves per plant, ratio of total leaf weight to aboveground weight per plant, and total leaf area per plant) of four bamboo species of genus Indocalamus Nakai (I. pedalis (Keng) P.C. Keng, I. pumilus Q.H. Dai and C.F. Keng, I. barbatus McClure, and I. victorialis P.C. Keng). We also explored the possible correlation between spatial density and total leaf area per plant using log-linear regression. We found that the simplified Gielis equation fit the leaf shape of four bamboo species very well. Although all these four species belonged to the same genus, there were still significant differences in leaf shape. Significant differences also existed in leaf area per plant, ratio of leaf weight to aboveground weight per plant, and leaf length. In addition, we found that the total leaf area per plant decreased with increased spatial density. Therefore, we directly demonstrated the self-thinning rule to improve light interception. © 2015 Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source

Field and greenhouse studies were conducted in Belle Glade, FL, in 2010 and 2011 to evaluate saflufenacil and glyphosate efficacy on POST burndown of ragweed parthenium. Log-logistic models were used to determine the herbicide dose required to produce 90 control (ED90). The ED90 for rosette ragweed parthenium control in the greenhouse was saflufenacil at 8.0 g ai ha -1 at 14 d after treatment. The rate required to cause 90 growth reduction of rosette ragweed parthenium at 14 d after treatment was 8.9 g ha -1 of saflufenacil. The probability of rosette ragweed parthenium survival decreased with increasing rates of saflufenacil. The ED90 value for bolted ragweed parthenium control in the field was 5.7 g ha -1 of saflufenacil at 21 d after treatment. Ragweed parthenium had no response to glyphosate either in the field or in the greenhouse studies. This demonstrates that saflufenacil can be used as a POST burndown of ragweed parthenium populations that have no response to glyphosate. Nomenclature: Glyphosate; saflufenacil; ragweed parthenium, Parthenium hysterophorus L. Source

Palomera-Arias R.,University of Texas at San Antonio | Capano C.D.,Everglades University
ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

The Associated General Contractors of America's Education and Research Foundation (AGCERF) launched a professional paid internship initiative for construction faculty starting on the summer of 2013. Prior to the official program launching, a pilot program was tested in the summer of 2011, with an AGC member contractor hosting a single faculty member selected from an ACCE accredited institution. The internship was designed as a three-way partnership between the AGC-ERF, the faculty host institution, and the host company. The initial budget of the program was $30,000 funded in equal parts by the three internship partners. The internship was for a period of two months, and the faculty was a member of the jobsite management team at a level similar to a project engineer or assistant project manager. This paper presents the model followed for the implementation of the internship, as well as evaluates the results of the pilot program from the perspective of the academic side of the partnership. The internship was an excellent opportunity to develop closer ties between academia, the construction companies, and AGC; by promoting the free exchange of information, knowledge, and ideas that benefits the construction industry as a whole. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2014. Source

Larsen N.A.,Everglades University | Nuessly G.S.,Everglades University | Cherry R.H.,Everglades University | Glaz B.,U.S. Department of Agriculture
Journal of Pest Science

Wireworms (larval Elateridae) reduce the stand of newly planted sugarcane (complex hybrid of Saccharum spp.) directly by damaging growing points and indirectly by facilitating disease introduction. No research has evaluated resistance or tolerance of sugarcane genotypes grown in Florida to wireworm. Eleven genotypes of sugarcane and a S. spontaneum genotype were subjected to corn wireworm, Melanotus communis (Gyllenhall) (Coleoptera: Elateridae), in greenhouse experiments to evaluate potential host plant resistance. The experiments were designed to measure the effects of wireworms on the first 90 days of growth. Sugarcane stalk sections were planted in trays of soil with and without wireworms in 2010 and 2011. Stand count, dry weight, and percentage of nodes damaged were evaluated. Wireworms reduced stand and dry weight by 40-60 %. Several genotypes were able to produce acceptable stands in wireworm-infested trays by emerging quickly and producing many tillers. CP 88-1762, CP 89-2143, and CP 03-1912 did not suffer statistically significant losses of stand or biomass due to wireworms in either year. Our findings suggest that genotype resistance should be considered as an important component of an integrated program aimed at reducing the use of insecticides to control wireworms in sugarcane. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source

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