A portion of the proceeds generated from this 3-day conference is used to support research and education efforts. Each year, the committee reviews proposals for their research and educational merit, in support of New England's floriculture industry. Since this program was begun in 1987, over $295,000 has been awarded (see yearly details below).
The Grant Awards Program is managed by a committee (non-voting coordinator, Leonard Perry , Univ. Vermont) responsible for supporting and encouraging education and research determined to be a high priority to the New England greenhouse industry. The committee conducts an annual awards competition, and recommends policy on this competition to the NEF board of Directors.
Grants are solicited in September each year, due in December, and awarded
Click here for 2008-09 Proposal form (Adobe Acrobat pdf format)
2005-2006 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
N. Adams. National Speaker for New Hampshire's Ornamental Horticultural Industry. NH $2,000
D. Cox. Response of Annuals to Water Containing Elevated Levels of Sodium and Chloride. MA $3,012
G. Elliott. Soil Moisture Sensors for Advanced Irrigation Management. CT $2,031
E. Groden and L. Stack. Biological Control of the Lily Leaf Beetle in Maine. ME $3,800
B. Maynard. Irrigation Technology for the URI Greenhouse Education/Extension Facilities. RI $3,000
R. Wick and S. Slinski. Sanitizing Capabilities of Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine Dioxide and formulated Hydrogen Peroxide (Zerotol). MA $2,000
2004-2005 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
M. Brownbridge, et al. Improving Thrips Control Through Better Monitoring and Timing of Pesticide Applications.
L. Perry. Effects of cycling temperatures on herbaceous perennial hardiness. VT $2800
L. Pundt. Pest Management for Herb Bedding Plants Grown in the Greenhouse. CT $900
L. Tewksbury and R. Casagrande. Lily leaf beetle resistance among lily hybrids. RI $4000
D. Zhang and L. Stack. Production of high-quality, powdery mildew-free herbaceous plants. ME $3000
2003-2004 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
M Browbridge, et al. Cultural Practices and Virus Testing to Reduce Pesticide Use on Thrips, year 3. VT. $3000
G. Elliott. Persistence, proliferation and root colonization by microbial inoculants in soilless potting mixes. CT. $2700
P. Fisher et al. Grouping bedding plants based on pH and micronutrient requirements. NH. $2825
L. Perry. Fertility and Moisture Effects on Perennial Hardiness. VT. $4000
L. Stack. Directory of Maine Cut Flower Growers. ME. $1475
R Van Driesche. Aphid biological control in spring flower crops. MA. $4500
2002-2003 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
M Brownbridge. Cultural practices and virus testing to reduce pesticide use on thrips, year 2. VT. $2,000
D. Cox. Seed Geranium treatments with Bonzi. MA. $3,000
G. Elliott. Effectiveness of microbial inoculants...in soilless media. CT. $2,500
L Perry. Overwintering Herbaceous Perennials. VT. $4,000
R. Van Driesche. New Western Flower Thrips controls for bedding plant growers MA. $3,500
2001-2002 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
Brownbridge, Michael and S. Costa, M. Skinner, B. Parker, T. Doubleday. Cultural Practices and Virus Testing to Reduce Pesticide Use on Thrips. $2,000
Chapman, David and James Brackett. Long Wind Farm, E. Thetford, VT. An Investigation of the Role of Technology in the Energy Efficiency of Greenhouse Growing. $2,000
Han, Susan. University of Massachusetts. Management of Leaf Yellowing in Seed and Zonal Geraniums. $2000
Perry, L. University of Vermont. Powdery Mildew Resistance Among Garden Phlox Cultivars. $2000
Pundt, Leanne. University of Connecticut. Integrated Pest Management Fact Sheet Series--Herbaceous Perennials. $2,000
Smith, Tina and Paul Lopes. University of Massachusetts.
Greenhouse Open House Days. $1,200
2000-2001 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
Dr. Richard McAvoy, Dr. Lois Stack, Dr. Leonard Perry, Dr. Cathy Neal, Dr. Richard Shaw. Universities of connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, respectively. Developing a New England Regional Journal for Profitable Horticulture. $2000
Rosanna Freyre, University of New Hampshire, Development of Production Schedules for Pimpernel (Anagallis monellii) as a potted plant. $2000
Donglin Zhang and Dr. Lois Stack. Unversity of Maine. Post-harvest fertility management of Scaevola 'Outback Purple Fan' hanging baskets. $2000
Dr. Mark Bridgen and Cyndi Wyskiewicz. University of Connecticut. Genotypic and environmental effects on cut flower production of Liatris. $2000
Dr. Robert Wick. University of Massachusetts. Evaluation of Pythium resistance to mefenoxam. $2000
Dr. Susan Han. University of Massachusetts. Use of ethylBloc for prevention of wilt-induced premature bud drop in impatiens. $2000
Dr. Leonard Perry. University of Vermont. Hardiness of heather cultivars and newly-planted liners. $1800
Tina Smith. University of Massachusetts. Use of digital
camera for plant disease diagnostics, grower presentations and floriculture
IPM web site by extension floriculture personnel. $1000
1999-2000 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
This list represents $15,000 worth of grants. Congratulations! Listing in alphabetical order by state awarded.
|Rich McAvoy, Bernard Bible (U-Conn)||The affect of calcium and aluminum nutrition on bract necrosis and botrytis of poinsettia||$1825.00|
|Ana Legrand, Leanne Pundt (U-Conn)||Evaluation of a physical insecticide against western flower thrips||$2000.00|
|Mark Bridgen (U-Conn)||Effect of harvesting technique and genotype on cut flower production of Alstroemeria. Year #2||$2000.00|
|Ana Legrand (U-Conn)||Evaluation of host plant resistance against western flower thrips||$1995.00|
|Tina Smith, Paul Lopes, Doug Cox (U-Mass)||Developing a greenhouse IPM web site||$1772.52|
|Susan Han (U-Mass)||Role of sugars, ethylene, and growth regulators on the development of postharvest leaf yellowing in cut oriental and Asiatic lilies||$1800.00|
|Cheryl Smith (UNH)||RGB color video camera for digital imaging diagnostics||$2000.00|
|Leonard Perry (UVM)||Consumer education gardening videos for garden centers||$1607.48|
1998-99 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
This list represents $15,000 worth of grants. Congratulations!
Dr. Douglas Cox, Univ. Massachusetts.
Manganese toxicity to marigold and how it is affected by calcium and magnesium nutrition. $2,000
Dr. George Elliot and Dr. Wade Elmer, Univ. Connecticut and Ct Agr.
Evaluation of biological fungicides for control of soilborne pathogens in greenhouse crop production. $2,000
Ms. Donna Ellis, Univ. Connecticut.
Evaluation of Serangium parcesetosum as a potential predator of silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii, in greenhouse poinsettia. $2,000
Dr. Richard McAvoy, Univ. Connecticut.
A molecular genetic approach to improving Easter lily. $2,000
Dr. Leonard Perry. Univ. of Vermont.
Comparative resistance of New England Aster cultivars to rust fungi. $1,900
Dr. Lois Berg Stack, Univ. Maine Cooperative Extension.
Use of red plastic mulch to increase stem length of field-grown specialty cut flowers. $1,096
Dr. Roy Van Driesche, Univ. Massachusetts.
Fact sheet on the biological control and IPM tactics for suppression of western flower thrips in greenhouse floral crops. $2,000
Dr. Robert Wick, Univ. Massachusetts.
Evaluation of disease-suppressive growing media and biological control agents for floriculture production. $2,000
1997 New England Floriculture Grant Awards
This list represents $15,386 worth of grants. Congratulations!
Ms. Nancy Adams. University of New Hampshire. Digital camera for EXTENSION'S EDUCATIONAL materials. $1,348
Dr. Carol Auer & Mr. Eric Mercure. University of Connecticut. THE EFFECTS OF TEMPERATURE, gibberellins, cytokinins, and seed coat removal on Helleborus seed germination. $2,000
Dr. Douglas Cox. University of Massachusetts. Phosphorus fertilization EFFECTS ON POINSETTIA GROWTH AND PHOSPHORUS LEACHING. $2,000
Dr. George Elliott & Dr. Wade Elmer. University of Connecticut and the CT AGRICULTURAL Experiment Station. Evaluation of biological fungicides FOR THE CONTROL OF SOIL BORNE PATHOGENS. $1,800
Dr. Paul Fisher. University of New Hampshire. Fertilizer injection SYSTEM TO ENABLE EASTER LILY research on predicting harvest dates. $1,768
Dr. Susan Han. University of Massachusetts. Use of commercially- AVAILABLE GROWTH REGULATORS to prevent leaf yellowing of Easter lilies during greenhouse production. $1,800
Dr. Richard McAvoy. University of Connecticut. Studies on poinsettia bract necrosis. $2,000
Dr. Margaret Skinner & Dr. Bruce Parker. University of Vermont. SPRAY TECHNIQUES FOR insect-killing fungi in greenhouses. $2,000
Ms. Cheryl Smith. University of New Hampshire. Plant virus inclusion WORKSHOP: PROFESSIONAL improvement training. $ 670
Yearly amounts awarded
(amounts rounded, awarded Jan/Feb of each year)