Horticultural

Research Institute

The Horticultural Research Institute proudly supports scientific research and horticultural students for the advancement of the industry. HRI was established by industry leaders on the premise that no one could better direct needed research to advance horticulture than the very people who work in it, day in and day out.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 24 2017

Pollinator health remains a high priority for horticulture. A couple of key recent meetings delved into the latest research and stewardship developments and plans for the future.
 
The second Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes conference recently convened in Traverse City, MI. The meeting was organized by researchers at Michigan State University and North Carolina Sta...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 10 2017

Boxwood producers and landscape managers:  your help is needed to direct future research! Please consider completing a short, less than five-minute survey to help identify attractive groundcovers as potential boxwood companion crops.
 
Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, and his team ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

The Whitefly biotype Q Task Force (WTF-Q) coordination council met recently in Florida to discuss future direction. The coordination council is made up of two representatives each from industry, the regulatory community, and the research community, as well as a USDA-APHIS coordinator. AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) co-chair the industry part of the coordination coun...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), in conjunction with the National Plant Board (NPB), are pleased to announce that Boxwood Blight Best Management Practices, version 2.0 is now available!
 
The original version was published in 2012 on the heels of...

Jennifer Gray August 28 2017

Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017-2018 school year are made possible by seven special Horticultural Research Institute endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship application and prerequisite information are available ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 28 2017

The green industry will benefit from the funding of four projects through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), a Farm Bill-funded grants program administered by USDA-NIFA. The four projects are as follows:
 

  • Systematic strategies to manage crapemyrtle bark scale, an emerging exotic pest, led by Dr. M. Gu, Texas A&M, was awarded $3.2 million...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Final details are coming together for the Impact Washington advocacy summit September 12 and 13 in the Nation’s Capital. Now’s the time to register if you have not done so yet.
 

Jennifer Gray April 03 2017

Research funded in part by the Horticultural Research Institute sheds light on ambrosia beetle biology and ecology and management options for growers.

Ambrosia beetles are not new insects to the US; many native species exist here that are considered minor pest problems. Many exotic species can be found here too, and they can be very damaging to plants growing in nurseries and lan...

AmericanHort Contributor March 21 2017

Agricultural chemicals include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators (PGRs). How much do you spend on these agricultural chemicals every year? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the annual pesticide expenditure in the U.S. is about $12.5 billion. That is a huge investment! Among the most important factors affecting the return of this investment a...

Jennifer Gray March 21 2017

I took violin lessons as a child. I can clearly remember standing at the music stand in the living room corner of my violin teacher’s house. He was an Italian man named Salvatore, who was intent on instilling a knowledge and love of music in as many students as he could.
 
Salvatore loved challenging his students to sight read by bringing out new sheet music during a le...