HRI Awards 2008 Research Grants and Scholarships

February 1, 2008 - 15:34

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) granted $425,000 to research endeavors throughout the country for 2008. The chosen projects focus on critical industry issues, with the goal of resulting in innovative solutions and problem-solving techniques.

HRI continues efforts to broaden research activities through collaboration with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative. In the future, HRI will continue to expand funding for nursery research by pursuing external funding opportunities. HRI’s vision is to become the nursery and landscape industry’s national leader in research and development.

HRI was established in 1962 as the research affiliate of ANLA, with a mission of directing, funding promoting and communicating horticultural research. Thus far, HRI has directed more than $4.9 million of industry funds to more than 600 research projects covering the full range of production, environmental and business issues important to the trade.

RESEARCH GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS 2008:

$75,000 — Development of Alternative Container Substrates a Block Grant


Auburn University, Ala., and USDA-ARS, Miss.

(Drs. Gene K. Blythe, Charles Gilliam, and Glenn Fain)

$33,000 — Development of New Landscape Plants for all Regions of North America


Landscape Plant Development Center, Minn.

(Dr. Harold Pellett)

$25,000 — Development of New Technologies for the Detection of Phytophthora in Ornamental Nurseries


University of California—Riverside

(Dr. Michael Coffey)

$25,000 — Web-based Decision Support Model for Container Production


University of Florida

(Dr. Thomas Yeager)

$24,000 — Deployment of Wireless Sensor Networks for Real-Time Water and Nutrient Management


University of Maryland

(Drs. John D. Lea-Cox, Andrew G. Ristvey, David S. Ross and George Kantor)

$24,000 — Evaluation and Commercialization of Bioplastic Pots


Iowa State University

(Dr. William Graves)

$23,500 — Implementation of RFID System Using Containers and Tags to Improve Nursery Production Efficiency


California Polytechnic State University— San Luis Obispo

(Dr. Shaun F. Kelly)

$20,000 — Biodegradable Container Business Plan

(Investigator to Be Determined)

$20,000 — Sustainable Sites Initiative


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas

(Dr. Steve Windhager)

$18,000 — Reducing Over-wintering Costs of Containerized Plant Production: Maximizing Root Hardiness, Media Selection and Insulation in the Nursery


Cornell University, N.Y.

(Dr. Nina Bassuk)

$16,000 — Interactive Impacts of Salts and Surfactants in Recycled Wastewater on Landscape Plants


Colorado State University

(Dr. Yaling Qian)

$15,000 — Development and Testing of Non-Invasive Euonymus alatus and Buddleia davidii


University of Minnesota

(Dr. Alan Smith)

$15,000 — Evaluation of the Invasive and Noxious Weed Species Propagule-Bank in Ohio Nurseries, Landscapes and Natural Areas


The Ohio State University

(Dr. Hannah Mathers)

$15,000 — Management of Diaprepes Root Weevil in Ornamental Nurseries


University of Florida and University of California—Davis and Riverside

(Drs. Catharine Mannion and Jim Bethke)

$12,500 — Online Access for the Journal of Environmental Horticulture


University of Maryland

(Drs. John D. Lea-Cox)

$11,000 —Controlled Release Fertilizer Winter Release Effect on Plant Uptake and the Environment


Oregon State University and Ohio State University

(Drs. James Owen, Jr. and James Altland)

$10,000 — Identification of Christmas Trees with Superior Needle Retention


Washington State University

(Dr. Gary A Chastagner)

$10,000 — Breeding New Nursery Crops


North Carolina State University

(Dr. Thomas G. Ranney)

$10,000 — SNA Research Conference

$5,000 — Developing the Landscape Potential of Native Plants


Landscape Plant Development Center, Minn.

(Dr. Harold Pellett)

$5,000 — The Appeal of Biodegradable Packaging to Floral Consumers


University of Tennessee

(Dr. Charles R. Hall)

HRI Scholarship for 2008

The following scholarships are available for 2008. Scholarship applications are due by April 1, 2008. Visit: www.anla.org/research/scholarships for complete details.

$4,000 — Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship


$3,500
— Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship


$2,500
— Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship


$1,500
— The Muggets Scholarship


$1,500
— The Usrey Family Scholarship

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