Jon Barrons’ organization was kind enough to send me the original book in a pdf format since it’s no longer available. Guess what? No citation. A representative from his organization did some research, but there seems to be nothing about where the Rutgers study came from.
So, now it’s back to Rutgers for me. A overview of the online studies showed nothing with this type of information – although a great amount of similar studies. I’ve talked with various people at Rutgers who have also tried to find the study.
Next step, Dr. Jim White who is the Chair of Plant Biology at Rutgers, who may be the missing link. Stay tuned for updates.