Dr. Girish Panicker, director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University, delivered a lecture ‘Organic Muscadine Production on Heavy Soil and Its Impact on Environmental Performance’ at the second International Organic Fruit Research Symposium held recently in Leavenworth, Washington. The symposium was sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) in Belgium, which is the largest horticultural science society in the world with members in more than 150 countries.
Panicker has been conducting his research on organic muscadine grapes for 12 years making it the first long-term research in the nation on this native fruit crop. The collaborators of this research study include Dr. Juan Silva, professor of food technology, and Dr. Frank Matta, professor of horticulture, both from Mississippi State University.
Panicker’s presentation has been recorded by the ISHS for podcasting globally. In addition, his lectures on the role of horticultural residues in erosion control and nutrient management, organic blueberry production on heavy soils with animal and forest wastes for fruit and water quality and no-till vegetable production to prevent soil erosion and conservation planning, are being podcasted globally by the American Society for Horticultural Science, American Society of Agronomy, USDA and eOrganic-eXtension.