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Lab Overview 2022

The Nackley lab is committed to being an inclusive group who investigates the maladies of young plants. We are scientists and educators with expertise in ecology, entomology, soils science, and engineering.

Nackley Lab practicing social distancing after setting up our herbal distancing boxwood blight trial

Our mission is to sustain horticultural productions systems by partnering with growers and academics to provide research-based solutions. Our programs take four main themes that address major challenges to nursery and greenhouse production in Oregon: 1. Irrigation application; 2. Pest management; 3. Plant nutrition; and 4. climate adaptation. Our projects are designed to provide information that will support vibrant, verdant, urban and rural communities. We seek the balance between the low resource-use while maximizing plant health/quality. Often we grow plants the wrong way so you don’t have to.

Team members checking nutrient concentrations on our run-off pad at NWREC

This year, we continue research on flathead borers, precision sprayer application, sensor-controlled irrigation, heat, and drought stress mitigation, hemp production, hydroponic production, and nutrient management in soilless substrates. Throughout the year we’ll be posting about these projects and the people who conduct the research. Also, check out our previous Projects and Publications pages to see our pre-blog work. You can also stay up to date on either of our social media feeds. 

Welcome to the Nackley Lab

We’re just getting started with our content, and we’re excited to share our work on nursery and ornamental production. Here are some things you can expect coming your way:

  • Soils and substrates for plant production
  • Irrigation and Nutrient Management
  • Strategies for managing pests
  • Climate-Ready planting
  • Greenhouse Management

We are proud to partner with many of the local growers, students and other extension partners in the Pacific Northwest. Stay tuned to learn about our team and the work we’re currently involved with!