This eye towards sustainability is carried on today at Iowa State with the latest method of rose evaluation known as Earth-Kind®. Earth-Kind®, a program started at Texas A&M by Dr. Steve George, is designed to evaluate landscape plants (initially roses) for their sustainability in the landscape.
Earth-Kind® Roses have roots at Iowa State University in two ways, first because of the Griffith Buck roses. These roses known for their hardiness and disease resistance were among the first to be evaluated under this new system and were supplied by Iowa State University. Secondly the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station is the location of one of the Northern Earth-Kind® Rose Trials under the direction of Dr. David Zlesak at the University of Wisconsin.
Read the chronology of 130 years of rose research at Iowa State University that takes a look at the past and carries on into the future.
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