JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN AGRICULTURE 2019-02-21T11:18:05+00:00 Gurdev Singh Open Journal Systems Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. Impact of Biochar and Different Nitrogen Sources on Forage Radish Production in Middle Tennessee 2019-02-21T11:18:05+00:00 Todd Pirtle Lee Rumble Michael Klug Forbes Walker Song Cui Nathan Phillips <p>Short-season forage radish (<em>Raphanus sativus</em> L. var. longipinnatus) has recently gained great popularity in Middle Tennessee and many parts of the world used as a high-quality vegetable crop for human consumption or a forage crop for winter grazing and cover cropping. In this study, we (i) estimated soil pH buffering capacity and microbial activity, (ii) quantified crop productivity influenced by different biochar amendment rates and N fertilizer management practices based on a factorial treatment design. Particularly, biochar was amended at rates of 0, 5, 20, and 40 Mg/ha; N fertilizer was applied at zero (N0), 122 kg/ha of urea (56 kg/ha of N; N1) and 4.8 Mg/ha of aged dairy cattle manure (56-60 kg/ha of N), providing a total of 12 treatments (four biochar rates × three fertilization practices). The combination of biochar and inorganic N fertilizer such as urea appeared to have positive impacts on the short-term biomass production, soil pH buffering capacity, and enhanced soil microbial activity for short-season forage radish production (<em>P</em> &lt; 0.05). Future research is warranted to evaluate the use of biochar in field-based forage/vegetable studies in Tennessee.</p> 2019-01-31T04:58:52+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Asexual Propagation of Four Medicinal Greek Endemic Plants of Lamiaceae Family With Conservation Priority From The Collection of The Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia, N. Greece 2019-02-21T11:18:05+00:00 Virginia Sarropoulou Eleni Maloupa <p>Conservation of endemic rare-threatened plants and sustainable exploitation of biodiversity with emphasis on medicinal-aromatic plants and plants with horticultural/ornamental value can be achieved through ex situ conservation activities. For this purpose, propagation experiments with cuttings were performed on four local Ionian endemic species with conservation priority, <em>Stachys ionica </em>Halácsy, <em>Teucrium halascyanum</em>, <em>Thymus holosericeus C</em>elak and <em>Thymus plasonii </em>Adamovic (all Lamiaceae). For propagation, softwood tip cuttings (3-5 cm) were cut at early autumn from mother plants collected from the wild and maintained in open-air mother plantations. For experimentation, the base of cuttings was immersed for 1 min in solutions of four concentrations of IBA (0, 1000, 2000 and 4000 ppm). Cuttings were placed on a peat:perlite (1:3) substrate in the bench of greenhouse heated mist system. Most suitable treatment for <em>T. halascyanum</em> (3 ½ weeks) proved to be 1000 ppm IBA (32.13 roots 1.72 cm long, 100% rooting). Accordingly, 2000 ppm IBA gave 100% rooting for both <em>S. ionica</em> (28.5 roots 1.56 cm long,) (3 weeks) and <em>Th. holosericeus</em> (4.4 roots 1.76 cm long) (7 weeks). <em>T. plasonii</em> cuttings treated with 2000 ppm IBA gave 85.71% optimum rooting with 8.67 roots 1.78 cm long.</p> 2019-01-31T04:59:06+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##