Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI)

A Brief History and Current Projects

In the early 1990’s, the Society of American Florists (SAF) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (now AmericanHort), sought support of Congress to allocate dedicated funding for floral and nursery research. In 1996, Congress agreed to begin funding the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) and the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) has managed projects and funding. Funding is split between floral and nursery projects with funding allocated to university and ARS projects. Projects that receive funding are based, to a large extent, on industry recommendations. SAF provided governmental support by interacting with Congress and, with grower input, made recommendations for projects of greatest need to the floral industry. FNRI is designed to support longer-term and more in-depth projects than the industry can fund.

SAF asked the American Floral Endowment in 2019 to oversee FNRI projects and to recommend projects for funding. Today, AFE works with the Agriculture Service on projects related to the floral industry. Most projects are funded for 3 – 5 years. SAF is working with Congress to ensure continued funding and to increase funding when possible.  

The projects currently funded for the floriculture industry through FNRI are:

Principal Investigator and Title

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 Greenhouse and Container Production Technology