The Western Nursery and Landscape Association originally contributed $25,000 to the Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) in 1991 to establish a WNLA Endowment Fund grant. The fund's corpus is now at $42,500.
To request an application or for more information, check out the Horticultural Research Institute at http://hriresearch.org/HRI/Research/Apply_for_Funding.aspx
Since 1991, funding has been provided from the Fund to support these projects:
1995: Use of Subirrigation to Replace Mist and Improve Propagation of Trees and Shrubs from Softwood Cuttings;
Dr. William Graves & Mr. Keith Warren
1996: Marketing to Retailers: How Midwestern Wholesale Nurseries Can Better Serve Their Retail Clients;
Dr. William Graves, Dr. C L Haynes, Dr. Jeffrey Iles & Dr. Kenneth Stone
1997: Consumer Attitudes Towards Product Assortments, Displays, and Personnel in Retail Garden Centers;
Dr. Raymond Marquardt
1998: Development of Stress-resistant Nursery Crops by Altering Glutathione Expression; Dr. Michael Chaplin & Dr. William Graves
1999: Reducing Mortality of Cornus florida in Midwest Landscapes; Mr. George Chippen & Dr. Christopher Starbuck
2000, 2001 & 2003: Plant Pathogen Management in Recycling Irrigation Systems; Dr. Sharon von Broembsen & Dr. Russell Wright
2002: Development and Evaluation of Techniques for Management of Sclerotium rolfsii Crown Rot of Hosta; Dr. Edward Braun, Dr. Michael Chaplin, Dr. Mark Gleason & Dr. Jeffrey Iles
2004: Development of New Landscape Plants for all Regions of North America; Ms. Sarah Doane; Dr. Rita Hummel; Dr. Harold Pellett; Mr. Peter Podaras
2005: Selecting a Drought Tolerant Sugar Maple Rootstock; Dr. Jason Griffin
2006: A Better Auxin for Propagating Trees and Shrubs; Dr. William Graves & Dr. Jyotsna Sharma
2007: Continued Development of Bioplastics for the Green Industry; Dr. William Graves & Mr. David Grewell
2008: Evaluation and Commercialization of Bioplastic Pots; Dr. William Graves
2009: Development of Alternative Container Substrates; Dr. Cheryl Boyer, Dr. Glenn Fain, Dr. Charles Gilliam & Dr. Jeff Sibley
2010: On-Site Demonstration of Alternative Substrates at Nurseries Across the Southeast U.S.; Dr. Cheryl Boyer, Dr. Glenn Fain, Dr. Thomas Gallagher; Dr. Charles Gilliam; Dr. Allen Torbert
2011: Evaluation of the Factors Affecting the Development of a Sustainable Substrate Operation; Dr. Glenn Fain, Dr. Thomas Gallagher, Dr. Charles Gilliam, Ms. Anna-Marie Murphy, Dr. Jeff Sibley, Dr. Allen Torbert
2014: The Role of Plant Brands in Consumer Preferences for Plants and their Perceptions of Plant Quality; Dr. Bridget Behe
2014: Assessment of National and Regional Trends in Production and Marketing Practices in the US Nursery and Greenhouse Industry; Dr. Alan Hodges
2015: Fate of Substrate-Applied Neonicotinoids in Container Substrates for Commercial Nursery crop Production.
Dr. John Adamczyk, Jr. of the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS, will research the “Fate of Substrate-applied Neonicotinoids in Container Substrates for Commercial Nursery Crop Production.” Dr. Adamczyk will attempt to quantify neonicotinoid leaching in pine bark and whole pine tree substrates, the absorption of neonicotinoids in crops grown in pine bark and pine tree residual substrates under drip irrigation, and plant absorption of neonicotinoids in crops grown in pine bark and whole pine tree substrates under overhead irrigation.
Dr. Raul Cabrera at the Rutgers University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Bridgeton, NJ, is studying the “Use of Alternative Irrigation Water Sources for Urban Landscapes and Nursery Crops.” Water availability and quality, and their management, are essential issues to the sustainability of the green industry. New regulations on water usage throughout North America mean that horticultural businesses need to consider the impending use of alternative and poor-quality irrigation sources and the BMPs that can lead to their successful and sustainable use while minimizing undesirable impacts to the surrounding environment. This project will evaluate the long-term effects of “gray water” irrigation on landscape plants and soils, while generating practical information to allow ornamental growers and landscape managers to effectively use and manage alternative irrigation water sources in their operations, sustain productivity and quality, and minimize undesirable effects.
Dr. Mengmeng Gu at Texas A&M in College Station will lead a project that aims to “Manage Crape Myrtle Bark Scale, An Exotic Pest.” This project will address a relatively new Eriococcid pest of crape myrtle, crape myrtle bark scale (CMBS), Eriococcus lagerstroemiae from Asia. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) is a very popular landscape plant, with economic impacts for all segments of the green industry, including wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape professionals, and the end consumers. This project will investigate the effectiveness of a monitoring strategy and determine the efficacy of various control strategies (mechanical & chemical) to control CMBS.