The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has released two new research reports to help the industry better respond to downy mildew and powdery mildew:
In Report 134, Blair Harlan and Mary Hausbeck from Michigan State University examine downy mildew on coleus. The researchers have proposed an integrated pest management program to help growers produce high-quality coleus crops untouched by downy mildew.
The gerbera daisy industry in the U.S. is booming but powdery mildew on gerberas threatens profits. In Report 135, Michigan State University’s Leah Granke and Mary Hausbeck examine the effects of environmental factors that could provide a framework for an integrated pest management technique to reduce the number of fungicides necessary to produce a healthy, profitable gerbera crop.
AFE offers this research and more than 150 other free research reports online.
AFE is dedicated to advancing the industry through funding floriculture research, educational grants and scholarships. More than $15 million has been funded toward research projects benefiting the entire industry, and more than $500,000 has been funded in scholarships designed to attract and retain the future leaders of the industry. To learn more, visit AFE’s website or Facebook page.