The following is a current list of AFE-funded research. For more information on any of AFE’s currently-funded research, please contact the researcher listed under each project title. Click here for more details about the projects.


  • Development of Petunia with Enhanced Stress Tolerance: Dr. Nicole Waterland, West Virginia University
  • Making Better Plant Products by Understanding Dynamic Facets of Metabolism: Dr. Thomas A. Colquhoun, University of Florida
  • Understanding How Temperature Influences Crop Production Time to Facilitate Selection and Breeding of Cool-Tolerant Bedding Plants: Dr. Ryan Warner, Michigan State University


  • Managing Pythium Species in Floriculture Irrigation Water: Dr. Mary Hausbeck, Michigan State University
  • Engineering Impatiens for Resistance to the Devastating Disease Downy Mildew: Dr. Zhanao Deng, University of Florida
  • Finding Solutions to Pre-Harvest Botrytis Infection of Cut Roses: Dr. James Faust, Clemson University


  • Beneficial Fungal Endophytes for Effective Insect Management in Floriculture Crops: Dr. Kevin Heinz, Texas A&M University
  • A Novel Approach to Fungal-based Thrips Management with Marigold Guardian Plants: Dr. Margaret Skinner, University of Vermont


  • New and Potent Inhibitors of Ethylene Action for Improving Cut Flower Longevity: Dr. Rasika Dias, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Postharvest Management of Botrytis During Shipping and Storage: Dr. John Dole, North Carolina State University


  • Utilization of Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) Irradiation on Ornamental Plants for Disease Suppression, Growth Regulation and Extended Post-Harvest Longevity: Dr. Mark Bridgen, Cornell University
  • Development and Evaluation of Various Biochars as Aggregates for Increasing Substrate pH Stability: Dr. Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University
  • Making LED Lighting More Cost-Effective: Dr. Marc van Iersel, University of Georgia
  • Use of Beneficial Microbes to Enhance Plant Growth, Decrease Disease Severity and Improve Stress Tolerance in Ornamentals: Dr. Michelle Jones, The Ohio State University


  • Impacts and Residual Longevity of Systemic Insecticides on Pollinators in Floricultural Plant Production Systems: Dr. Juang-Horng Chong, Clemson University
  • Developing Daily Light Integral Maps for the United States: Dr. James Faust, Clemson University
  • The Impact and Residual Activity of Systemic Insecticides in Ornamental Plants: Dr. Juang-Horng Chong, Clemson University


Three aTheOhioStateLogodditional projects are funded through the Gus Poesch Research Fund, which awards research funding to faculty and students at The Ohio State University.

  • Floriculture Industry Roundtable of Ohio: Dr. Claudio Pasian
  • The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
    (OARDC) Research Internship Program: Dr. Michelle Jones
  • Use of Beneficial Microbes to Enhance Plant Growth,
    Decrease Disease Severity and Improve Stress Tolerance in
    Ornamentals: Dr. Michelle Jones

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