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Thrips & Botrytis Research Library

This is the result of a five-year dedicated research initiative to address the control and management of Thrips and Botrytis. It is a one-stop-shop complete with informative webinars, insightful fact sheets, and engaging articles in both English and Spanish. 

A floriculture researcher holding a plant in a small pots uses a dropper to apply a substance to the soil of the plant.

About the Thrips & Botrytis Library

In 2017, a special research campaign was established to address the control and management of Thrips and Botrytis. Losses from these pests affect all segments of the industry every day, and thrips and botrytis are challenging to control using currently available pesticides and management strategies. AFE’s goal of reaching $1.5 million in pledges was met in 2019 with contributions from 25 industry leaders and organizations to support new and innovative research to address these challenges. With those funds, AFE has been able to support more than fifteen multi-year research projects to reduce losses and produce higher-quality flowers and plants. Research and research findings like those presented today are possible only through industry support and contributions. Thanks to generous donors, AFE can provide research solutions to support a stronger industry. Make a donation today!

Educational Training Packets

These training packets were created by the American Floral Endowment as a part of our Thrips and Botrytis Educational Training Programs. Our first training sessions occurred in late 2022 in Colombia. Feel free to download these and use them as an ongoing educational and training resource for you, your business and your employees! To download, click the links below and then press ‘Save As’ on the file.

Download the Botrytis Presentation (Spanish)

Download the Botrytis Presentation (Spanish)

Download the Thrips Presentation (English)

Download the Thrips Presentation (English)

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations who have made contributions in support of this important initiative!
  • Altman Plants
  • Ball S.B.
  • Bouquet Collection, Inc.
  • CalFlowers
  • Colombia Flower Council by Asocolflores & AFIF
  • Continental Flowers
  • Equiflor Corp. – Rio Roses
  • Falcon Farms, Inc.
  • FlorExpo, LLC
  • Fresca Farms
  • Galleria Farms
  • Golden Flowers
  • Jardines de los Andes
  • Joseph H. Hill Memorial Foundation, Inc.
  • Kee Kitayama Research Foundation
  • Len Busch Roses
  • Mayesh Wholesale Florist
  • Metrolina Greenhouses
  • Passion Growers
  • Royal Flowers
  • Tagawa Greenhouses
  • The Elite Flower Company
  • The Queen’s Flowers Corp.
  • Solé Farms
  • Sunshine Bouquet Company

Find Solutions By Species

A particular plant giving you trouble? We’ve got you covered! Click the species below to see research reports in English and Spanish.

Don’t see what you need? Contact lbarth@afeendowment.org to let us know and we will try our best to connect you to the best resources available.

Interested In Giving To The Endowment?

Research and research findings like those presented are possible only through industry support and contributions. Thanks to generous donors, AFE can provide research solutions like these free to support a stronger industry. Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to AFE’s research and the future of the floral industry.