ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota scientist is at the core of a team building a portal to connect orchard owners and home gardeners to answers on their questions about apple trees.

Emily Hoover, head of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Minnesota, is one of the leaders of the project.

Her team last week announced it has received a $496,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive portal on apple tree varieties and rootstocks for the partnership

Hoover says the portal will make available a wealth of research information that was not readily accessible to the public, including videos, online courses and searchable databases dealing with growing apple trees.

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  1. Joyce Howe says:

    This is great news for the hundreds of us who have mature apple trees in our landscape, with no real idea of how to get a good crop of apples from them. Many of us are going the “locavore” route, with urban gardening being a source of our daily food. THANKS for this new added service. We need the help.

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