WASHINGTON, USA: The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has announced it will grant $400,000 in financial support for 16 new projects that investigate solutions in the areas of horticultural production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.
“The depth and breadth of the horticulture industry demands robust and diverse research of the best quality,” said Dr. Joseph Albano, HRI Research Director. “The projects that were ultimately selected for funding, after vigorous scientific and industry review, represent the work HRI feels will produce new and usable knowledge for horticulture businesses.” Collaborating with researchers on projects that provide usable knowledge is of prime importance to HRI’s industry leaders.
HRI’s president Harvey Cotten (Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville, AL) agrees. “We are keenly interested in supporting projects with sound methods, materials, and measurables—and where the outcomes can impact the bottom line of horticulture businesses. At the end of the day, the research has to have meaning to our industry. And that meaning can be represented by a new method for pest resistance, new insights into consumer behavior, or learning that the best plant for a particular site is not what we always thought it was.”
HRI encourages investigators to seek out matching funds as part of the proposal application process. As a result, an additional $445,000 in funds from other granting agencies more than doubles HRI’s 2014 research investment. The projects, which were classified by the primary investigators into varying categories of research, benefit numerous segments of the horticulture industry.
The Horticultural Research Institute’s mission is to direct, fund, promote, and communicate horticulture research. Supporting research that challenges current methodology, pushes for better technology, and bridges the divide between businesses and the consumer is exactly how HRI helps build prosperous businesses, advance the green industry, and fulfill its core vision.