American Floral Endowment Will Fund Research Projects And Is Calling For Proposals

American Floral Endowment Will Fund Research Projects And Is Calling For Proposals

One symptom of Botrytis blight is gray, fuzzy sporulation on foliage and flowers, similar to that shown on the flower of this hibiscus

AFE’s primary research funding priorities are relevant to all segments of the floral industry and include topics such as botrytis control.

One of the missions of the American Floral Endowment (AFE) is to help secure funding for floriculture research projects. AFE is currently calling for research pre-proposal applications for 2017-2018 funding. The applications are due no later than June 1.

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AFE’s primary research funding priorities are relevant to all segments of the floral industry and include:
• Botrytis control
• Thrips control and management
• Postharvest care and handling
• Production management

Read AFE’s full list of scientific research priorities and the general application timeline for more details.

For the current 2016-2017 cycle, the Endowment is funding more than $300,000 in research. Research projects can last from one to three years and any reasonable but justifiable budget will be considered.

Scientific research project examples include:
• “New Approaches for the Control of Botrytis During Production, Shipping, and/or Retail Display”
• “Innovative Biological and Chemical Control Practices Leading to Successful Control of Western Flower Thrips in Flower Production”
• “Production and Handling Practices Providing High-Quality and Long-Lasting Cut Flowers, Potted Plants, and Bedding Plants”
• Evaluation and Development of Technology Leading to Greater Crop Efficiency and Improved Flower Quality”

Final research reports from previously funded AFE projects are available online, and a list of currently funded research is also available.

Apply at endowment.org and submit all supporting documents by the June 1 deadline.