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.

David Kuack September 07 2016

Horticultural Research Institute is funding research to develop sprayer technology that would allow growers of field and greenhouse crops to precisely target plants eliminating chemical waste while protecting the environment.

Tom Demaline, president of Willoway Nurseries in Avon, Ohio, is one of five growers in the United States testing a precision sprayer technology that is bein...

David Kuack September 07 2016

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show Inc. (MANTS) and is administered by Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). The scholarship was established to memorialize Carville M. Akehurst who served the horticulture industry as one of the founders of MANTS.
 
“My father was very engaged in the horticulture...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Horticultural Research Institute Advances Key Projects
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) Board of Trustees recently met to prioritize funding for research projects. As part of HRI’s continued efforts to advance the business of horticulture, an initial five projects have received funding for early 2016.

“Horticultural business...

David Kuack August 12 2016

The Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative, which was launched in 2014 by the Horticultural Research Initiative has three primary components.

  1. Developing a bee and pollinator stewardship program that aims to improve pollinator health.
  2. Funding research that will help answer key scientific questions that support the stewardship program.
David Kuack August 12 2016

While some large retailers of ornamental plants have already told growers to discontinue the application of neonicotinoid insecticides ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 12 2016

Over $2.8 million has been awarded toward pollinator protection in our industry through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The funds will be distributed over a period of two years, with additional funds available over a total five-year period, to a collaboration of researchers facilitated by Dr. Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Project, Rutg...

AmericanHort Contributor February 11 2016

As the pollinator health debate continues, declines in pollinator communities have been attributed to a number of causes, such as parasites and pathogens, exposure to pesticides, and lack of suitable food sources or nutrition. On the latter point, a group of scientists from the United Kingdom devised a method to quantify nectar resources across Great Britain and Wales from 1930 to 2007, and the...

Craig Regelbrugge February 11 2016

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is moving to enforce a plant import requirement with respect to how plant taxa are listed on phytosanitary certificates (PC). The requirement itself is not new; it dates back to 2008. Yet, it has not been routinely enforced. Now, however, new automated processes are being implemented at the various APHIS plant inspection stations, and the ...

Craig Regelbrugge February 11 2016

On February 11, USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule authorizing the importation of Phalaenopsis spp. orchids from China in approved growing media. The action authorizes such importations only into the continental United States, and only if the plants are produced under the “...

Davi Bowen February 11 2016

The Obama administration regulatory juggernaut continues, and now the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division has issued a new interpretation of what constitutes “joint employment.” We asked Chris Schulte of CJ-Lake LLC, who advises AmericanHort on labor and employment matters, to walk us through what it all means.

For years, there has been a fairly clear understanding of the e...

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...