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AFE’s Currently Funded Research

Addressing industry challenges through cutting-edge research.

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Our Focus

Reduced labor, production efficiency, improved pest management practices, and improved postharvest quality and efficiency lead to increased profits for growers. Challenges related to these issues face the floral industry every day. The American Floral Endowment has supported industry-driven and industry-focused research for over 60 years, thanks to industry support. Today, AFE focuses on the needs of the floral industry now and in the future by supporting projects like the ones listed below. 

These projects address key needs of the industry from Thrips and Botrytis control, to developing the next generation of anti-ethylene control and development of disease-resistant plants. Results from the ongoing projects are shared with the industry in trade magazine publications, electronic newsletters, conferences and trade shows, and here on the AFE website. Additionally, research findings are presented monthly through AFE’s Grow Pro Webinar Series. These webinars are free to attend thanks to industry sponsorships and include time for direct Q&A with the researchers.

We welcome industry suggestions about critical needs and solutions to nagging problems.

AFE can help you.  Have suggestions or need information on specific problems, contact our research team.

And, please remember that AFE has an active internship program and scholarship program to develop the next generation of floriculture professionals.  If you are interested in hosting an intern, please contact Candice Musgrove (cmusgrove@afeendowment.org).

AFE’s Currently Funded Research

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

INSECT MANAGEMENT
Nutrition and Water Management
PLANT BREEDING AND GENETIC ENGINEERING
POST-PRODUCTION
PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY/PROTOCOLS
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Interested In Hosting An Intern?

Remember that AFE has an active internship program and scholarship program to develop the next generation of floriculture professionals. If you are interested in hosting an intern, please contact us!

Looking For Funding?

AFE is committed to supporting research that advances the industry and combats current challenges. This research benefits every segment of the industry. We welcome new research proposal applications by August 1st of each year.