Valley of the Latte Farms :
sustainable, eco-friendly technology to solve a real-world problem
The Valley of the Latte Adventure Park is more than Guam's # 1 Tour for families, adventurers, students, and visitors of all ages. Beyond celebrating and sharing Guam's history, culture, beauty, and the unique magical character of Southern Guam Hospitality, the Valley of the Latte Farms has been working in partnership with UOG sustainable programs and classes to solve real world problems.
Pineapple Propagation Project with UOG and Valley of the Latte
" Developing techniques for multiplying pineapple planting material, the Plant Science class of Dr. Robert Bevacqua worked on a semester long project to explore which propagation method would be the most effective to produce the highest number of pineapple plantlets. From February 9 to April 13, 2018, two phases occurred concurrently - the field nursery which was located at the Valley of the Latte in Talofofo, Guam and the greenhouse trials which was located at the University of Guam in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences building. This report simply examines the different variables such as mass, stump sectioning, rooting hormone and potting soil that played a role in the production of plantlets. The results of this project reveals that uncut or whole stumps produced more plantlets than those cut into sections. Weight was a significant factor; stumps that had greater mass produced more plantlets. Although uncut stumps produced more plantlets then those cut into sections, stumps that were cut also produced plantlets. Latitudinal or cross-section cuts produced more than longitudinal cuts. Based on the findings, rooting hormone does not have a negative effect on the stump, but it also has no significant impact on producing plantlets. Out of the three potting soils that were utilized - Miracle Grow, Vermiculite, and Perlite - the Miracle Grow potting soil produced the most plantlets. From the findings, the seventy stumps grown in the field nursery produced more plantlets than the twenty stumps that were grown at the UOG greenhouse; however, the rate of the growth in the greenhouse was greater than that of the field. Throughout this report, the charts, graphs, and tables that correspond to each of these variables support the different propagation methods that were utilized by the class. Discovering the most effective way to propagate the most pineapple platelets was no easy task, but it was an enjoyable and memorable experience."
Lee Anne Galang, May 11, 2018
University of Guam students in Robert Bevacqua’s agriculture class got unique service-learning opportunity recently.
The students applied sustainable, eco-friendly technology to solve a real-world problem: pineapple propagation. In partnership with Valley of the Latte, students developed a pineapple planting strategy for the pineapple farm at the popular tourist destination, according to a UOG news release.
With a bit of competitive camaraderie, students vied for the title of “Best Pineapple Propagator.” Students took unproductive pineapple plant stumps and applied different approaches to develop as many plantlets as possible, the news release stated.
Tropical agriculture major Michael Marasco was the overall winner, propagating 10 plantlets from one stump, the news release stated. Business major Apiken Irons came in second with her experiment of planting the plantlets in three soil types.
The Valley of the Latte has worked with UOG on several agricultural projects, according to the news release, such as assisting in a wing bean variety study to help discover a hybrid wing bean that can grow year-round.
The Valley of the Latte also partnered with UOG and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on natural resource conservation practices, such as drip irrigation technology to prevent water waste and planting of wind-break trees to prevent chemicals and pesticides from getting into the river, the news release stated.