Michigan Floriculture Research Priorities

Submitted by:

Michigan Floriculture Growers Council
Val Vail-Shirey, Executive Director

  1. Improve the energy efficiency of greenhouse production in Michigan and other temperate climates, which could include:
    • Strategies to produce crops with reduced energy inputs.
    • Identification and implementation of cost‐effective, renewable energy sources, such as wind and biofuels.
    • Outreach activities to educate growers about energy‐efficient greenhouse production, alternative energy sources, cost-effective technologies, efficient cropping strategies, etc.
  2. Develop greenhouse lighting systems that consume less energy, accelerate plant growth and flowering of floriculture crops, and can withstand variable greenhouse climates.
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of consumer demand for floriculture industry products.
  4. Identify and develop sustainable production practices and products that reduce environmental impacts, such as use of biodegradable containers, reduced water consumption, lower fertility inputs, etc.
  5. Identify alternative greenhouse crops and develop more refined crop production schedules for profitable production in Michigan.
  6. Identify and test new and existing herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, and insecticides to protect and support the greenhouse industry.
  7. Develop strategies to extend the post‐harvest period of greenhouse crops so that the stress tolerance of plants is improved and/or plants have a longer shelf life.
  8. Improve business marketing, management skills, and organizational development for floriculture companies in Michigan.

Last updated: December 2014

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