Southern Nursery Association Research Conference Proceedings Are Now Available

Southern Nursery Association Research Conference Proceedings Are Now Available

2016-student-competition-award-winnersThe Southern Nursery Association (SNA)’s Annual Research Conference took place in late August, but the entire horticulture industry continues to benefit from its offerings.

The proceedings of the 61st annual conference have been compiled and are now available online at The 183-page proceedings guide, provided free to the industry, is downloadable, searchable, and printable.


The 2016 proceedings includes 11 sections of the latest horticultural research on plant breeding and evaluation; container grown plant production; economics and marketing; entomology; field production; floriculture; landscape; pathology and nematology; propagation; water management; and weed control. Thirty-nine titles were presented by 78 authors from eight states. A complete list of titles can be found in the Covers and Introduction section.

The annual publication “SNA Research Conference Proceedings,” from 1991 to 2016, is available on the SNA website as a PDF for viewing, printing, or downloading (25 years and 3,079 titles comprised of 12,074 pages). When downloaded, the PDF file is searchable.

The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, the two-day conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are among the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the county. Hundreds of topics in 13 categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested in attending. All industry members are invited to attend.

The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for Aug. 1-2, 2017 and will be held in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference in Athens, GA.

Seven Students Awarded Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards

One of the highlights from the 61st SNA Research Conference was the presentation of cash awards totaling $2,500 to seven students from four universities for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James of McMinnville, TN, a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for more than 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.

First-place winners of $500 each included Shuyang Zhen, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), David Gianino, University of Georgia (M.S.), and Avery Lamb, Auburn University (B.S.). Second place winners of $300 each included Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), and M. Terri Williams, North Carolina State University (M.S.). Third place winners of $200 each included Nastaran Basiri Jahromi, University of Tennessee (Ph.D.), and Zhitong Li, University of Georgia (M.S.). In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.