eApples: A case study in using eXtension to increase access to research-based information

Emily E. Hoover, Richard P. Marini, Emily Tepe, Wesley R. Autio, Alan R. Biggs, Jon M. Clements, Robert M. Crassweller, Daniel D. Foster, Melanie J. Foster, Peter M. Hirst, Diane Doud Miller, Michael L. Parker, Gregory M. Peck, Jozsef Racsko, Terence L. Robinson, Michele R. Warmund

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Abstract

Researchers have collected a considerable amount of data relating to apple (Malus × domestica) cultivars and rootstocks over the past 30 years, but much of this information is not easily accessible. The long-term goal of our working group is to increase access to this information using online technology available through eXtension. In eXtension, researchers and extension personnel are developing a community of practice (CoP) to increase the quality and amount of online information for individuals interested in our work [referred to as a community of interest (CoI)]. For this project, our CoI is broadly defined as commercial apple producers, nursery professionals, county extension educators, Extension Master Gardeners, home gardeners, and consumers. Our CoP is developing diverse educational tools, with the goals of increasing productivity, profitability, and sustainability for commercial apple production. Additionally, we will provide other members of our CoI access to research-based, reliable information on the culture of apples. We chose to begin our focus on cultivars and rootstocks adapted to the eastern United States and will add other U.S. regions as our resources and interest in our project grows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-579
Number of pages4
JournalHortTechnology
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture

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    Hoover, E. E., Marini, R. P., Tepe, E., Autio, W. R., Biggs, A. R., Clements, J. M., Crassweller, R. M., Foster, D. D., Foster, M. J., Hirst, P. M., Miller, D. D., Parker, M. L., Peck, G. M., Racsko, J., Robinson, T. L., & Warmund, M. R. (2012). eApples: A case study in using eXtension to increase access to research-based information. HortTechnology, 22(5), 576-579. https://doi.org/10.21273/horttech.22.5.576