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.

AmericanHort Contributor January 09 2013

ANLA, OFA and our partners in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance spent the last year working intently with the agriculture committees in the U.S. House and Senate in the crafting of the contents that led to the drafts of the 2012 Farm Bill. Both the U.S. Senate version (passed 64-35) and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee version (passed 35-11) had strong bipartisan support and both identi...

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

HRI and Alternative Substrates Research

Over the last several years, the Horticultural Research Institute, Inc. USDA-ARS, and Land Grant Universities, along with Nursery and Greenhouse cooperators have directed considerable resources toward research and development of alternative container substrates. The following videos were recorded at the Southern Nursery Ass...

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor October 17 2012

A recent report from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension showed considerable variability in the susceptibility of Boxwoods (Buxus spp.) to Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum). The researchers evaluated twenty-four varieties and found B. sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ to be the most susceptible. Unfortunately, Suffruticosa (Commo...

Ralstonia solancearum race 3 biovar 2 (R3B2), a federal quarantine pest, was recently confirmed in a single geranium variety in a greenhouse in Michigan, the first confirmed case in the US since 2004. Diseased geraniums planted in the landscape can potentially infect other plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and must be destroyed.
Since the detection was con...

A group of House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill on October 30. How does the bill address the current H-2A program? What options are available for existing workers without proper immigration status? What about enforcement provisions? And, where might there be room for improvement as the process advances?

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...