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.

Katie Gustafson December 03 2018

 Many of our conversations in the horticulture industry end up turning back to pollinators, and with good reason.  Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat every day, but their survival is in serious danger.  Happily, there are many ways that you can help – spreading the word, educating customers and employees, growing sustainable/po...

Ken Fisher November 30 2018

Perform Better, Grow Faster, and Prepare for the Future as part of AmericanHort, the Green Industry’s leading association. That’s our value proposition for our member companies and the industry. In 2018, we made investments and developed programs to make good on this brand promise.

Our 2018 programming started with Cultivate where over 10,000 attendees from all 50 sta...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

As expected, the EPA has announced new changes to three dicamba formulations, including DuPont’s FeXapan®, BASF’s Engenia®, and Monsanto’s XtendiMax®. The registrations were extended two additional years with amendments to mitigate off-site damage following the second summer in a row that saw hundreds to thousands of reports of non-target crop damage due to offs...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

The bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) was recently confirmed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Xf was first identified in the European Union (EU) in olive groves in Italy in 2013, triggering a quick response from the EU in the form of stringent regulations on plant material imported to the EU. Now plant material known to be susceptible to Xf originating from the U....

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 01 2018

While recent reports of a new (to North America) insect pest of boxwood in the Toronto area have not yet been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or USDA APHIS, many in the nursery and landscape industries are rightfully concerned and asking questions.

In case you missed it, a homeowner reported seeing an unusual moth on her neighbor’s boxwood hedge in O...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 02 2018

How do you define a green roof? The first image that comes to my mind is a little, hobbit-like house somewhere in Scandinavia with a goat eating grass on the roof. That may be a bit simplistic; the green roofs of yore have come a long way.
 
The ‘urban renaissance,’ a term used to describe the comeback of many city centers in the US, coincides with the revival of ...

Jennifer Gray July 25 2018

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort foundation, is pleased to announce the receipt of $300,000 in donations during its reception held in conjunction with Cultivate’18 in Columbus, Ohio.

 

More than 175 industry professionals attended the summer reception, which celebrated HRI supporters. The reception recognized more than $290,000 in do...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 21 2018

AmericanHort has been invited to participate in the upcoming Customer-Stakeholder Workshop for USDA-ARS National Program 305, which is planned for the end of May.
 
National Program 305 (NP 305) aims to increase cropping efficiency, productivity, quality, marketability, and protection of annual, perennial, greenhouse, and nursery crops while maintaining or enhancing worker sa...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

Research on how alcohol in trees impacts ambrosia beetle populations has been recently featured in major scientific news outlets. Dr. Chris Ranger, USDA-ARS, recently published new results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a highly reputable scientific and peer-reviewed journal.
 
PNAS features innovative, cutting-edge research that is often highl...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

HRI congratulates Leala Machesney as the 2017-2018 recipient of Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship.
 
Machesney is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Maine pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture with hopes to eventually attend a graduate program in horticulture. Machesney has always been passionate about horticultur...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...