Michigan Floriculture Research Priorities
Michigan Floriculture Growers Council
Val Vail-Shirey, Executive Director
- 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.
- Develop greenhouse lighting systems that consume less energy, accelerate plant growth and flowering of floriculture crops, and can withstand variable greenhouse climates.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of consumer demand for floriculture industry products.
- 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.
- Identify alternative greenhouse crops and develop more refined crop production schedules for profitable production in Michigan.
- Identify and test new and existing herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, and insecticides to protect and support the greenhouse industry.
- 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.
- Improve business marketing, management skills, and organizational development for floriculture companies in Michigan.
Last updated: December 2014
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