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SNA Announces 2012 Bryson L. James Student Research Competition Award Winners

25 Jan 2012 11:56 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 student research competition award winners. Seven students from five universities were presented cash awards during the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition that took place at the 114th Annual SNA Research Conference in Mobile, AL, on January 18, 2012. Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA and Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA, sponsors of the student competition, made these awards possible.

Awards were presented by M.S., B.S., and PhD categories as follows:

B.S. First Place - $500

S. Evan Wilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Development of an Elevated Dissolved Oxygen Treatment System

M.S. First Place - $500

Irene E. Palmer, North Carolina State University

Biomass Yield and Nitrogen Response of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses in North Carolina

M.S. Second Place - $300

Jason B. Lattier, North Carolina State University

In Vitro Regenration and Polyploid Induction of Acer platanoides L. 'Cromson Sentry'

M.S. Third Place - $200

Rebecca L. Pledger, North Carolina State University

In Bed with Rain Gardens

PhD First Place - $500

Matthew S. Wilson, Kansas State University

Feeding Preference of Southern Pine Sawyer Beetle for Four Species of Pine

PhD Second Place - $300

Anthony L. Witcher, University of Southern Mississippi

Factors Affecting Early Seedling Development in Whole Pine Tree Substrates

PhD Third Place - $200

Adam F. Newby, Ohio State University

Effects of Managed Substrate Moisture Content on Zinnia Growth Under Zero and Near-Zero Leachate Treatments

In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.

Student involvement in the SNA Research Conference is vital to the future of horticulture. SNA acknowledges the efforts of these students and looks forward to their horticultural research contributions in the future. SNA supports horticultural research through various industry programs and services.

The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993,, or visit the SNA Website at


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