HRI Grants $220,000 to Industry Research Projects
The Horticultural Research Institute’s (HRI) executive committee recently granted $220,000 to 18 high-priority projects and four scholarships. During the committee’s annual grants funding retreat, the committee considered 105 applications for funding and determined these projects best meet the needs of the industry and have quality scientific merit that will result in new knowledge and techniques to deal with major industry issues. Supported projects for 2005 include topics such as Phytophthora diagnostic methods, evaluation of bioplastic nursery containers, invasive species, and pest and resource management practices.
HRI is actively partnering with other associations to increase industry research. Most notably HRI has partnered with the USDA Agricultural Research Service to obtain and guide federal research dollars to critical industry research through the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI). FNRI research funding now totals $6 million. These partnerships represent an extraordinary advancement of HRI’s mission to be a clearinghouse for nursery and landscape research.
The following information highlights the $220,000 in research grants distributed by the HRI. The institution, principal investigator, project and amount of the grant are listed in topical order.
Environmental Stress Reduction and Genetic and Induced Resistance
Landscape Plant Development Center (Harold Pellett), Development of New Landscape Plants for all Regions of North America--$15,000
U.S. National Arboretum, USDA-ARS (Sandra M. Reed), Developing Improved Woody Ornamentals through Interspecific Hybridization--$8,000
Landscape Plant Development Center (Harold Pellett), Developing the Landscape Potential of Native Plant Species--$3,000
Altered Cultural Practices
University of California (Mike D Coffey), Development of a Reliable and Rapid Diagnostic Detection Method for Phytophthora in Nurseries--$12,000
Biological Control and Integrated Pest Management North Carolina State University (Colleen Y. Warfield), Development of a PCR-based Detection Assay for Foliar Nematodes in Ornamental Host Plant Tissues--$11,000
Ohio State University (Parwinder S. Grewal and Daniel Herms), Cost-effective Long-term Control of White Grubs in Nurseries Through the Establishment of Entomopathogenic Nematode Populations--$19,000
Weed Control and Integrated Pest Management
University of Connecticut (Mark H. Brand), DNA Fingerprinting of Berberis thunbergii and Euonymus alatus to determine the Origin of Invasive Populations--$20,000
University of Minnesota and Oregon State University (Stan Hokanson and James Altland) Determining Relative Invasiveness of Buddleja davidii Cultivars and Developing Management Strategies to prevent their Spread--$14,000
North Carolina State University (Joseph C. Neal and David Monks), Improving Access To Herbicide Safety and Efficacy Data--$2,000
Oregon State University and Auburn University (James Altland and Charles Gilliam), Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) Control in Propagation and Container Systems--$12,000
The Ohio State University (Hannah M. Mathers), Multi-state Survey of Nursery Laborer Level Employees: OH, MI, DE, TN, FL, IN, AZ--$21,000
Post Production Practices
Physiological Acclimation and Post-production Stress Reduction
Iowa State University and University of Florida (William R. Graves, Jay-lin Jane, Heidi Kratsch, Perminus Mungara, and Jyotsna Sharma), Evaluation of Bioplastic Nursery Containers in Three Climates--$14,000
Water Management and Water Use for Ornamental Plants
Colorado State University (Yaling Qian, Steve Newman, and James Klett), Impacts of Recycled Wastewater Irrigation on Landscape Plants--$15,000
University of Florida (Dorota Z. Haman), Real-time Irrigation Scheduling for Ornamental Plant Production Using Echo Moisture Sensors--$10,000
Kansas State University (Jason J. Griffin), Selecting a Drought Tolerant Sugar Maple Rootstock--$4,000
North Carolina State University (Ted Bilderback and Stuart Warren), Reducing Water and Nutrient Inputs to Clay Amended Substrates: How Low Can We Go?--$12,000
The Ohio State University (Daniel K. Struve), Mineral Nutrition and Nutrient Use Efficiency of Container-Grown Trees--$11,000
Water Additives and Water Management
Texas A&M University (Michael A. Arnold), Ozone (O3) Efficacy in the Treatment of Recycled Nursery Irrigation Water--$11,000
Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship--$1,000
Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship--$1,500
Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship--$2,500
The Usrey Family Scholarship--$1,000
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