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Welcome to AFE's New Grower Newsletter!
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Lori Ostrow, AFE Communications Manager


Welcome to the first issue of AFE's new Grower Newsletter! This electronic quarterly publication, called "Growing Further," was developed to address grower needs.

The newsletter is being sent to growers containing the latest news, research reports and resources that can be used to tackle the many industry challenges.

To read about AFE's currently-funded research projects, visit endowment.org.

Primary Research Priorities of the Endowment
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Lori Ostrow, AFE Communications Manager

AFE helps floral and nursery growers tackle tough industry challenges from pest and diseases, technologies, care and handling and more, through funding research and other programs.

Production and post-harvest scientific research projects funded by AFE provide essential knowledge for a growing and dynamic floricultural industry.

Read more for the list of AFE's primary research priorities: READ MORE

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Pose Low Risk to Honey Bees
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Maegan Murray, Washington State University Tri-Cities



While neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees, a new study by Washington State University researchers shows that the substances pose little risk to bees in real-world settings.

After calculating the risk based on a "dietary no observable adverse effect concentration" – the highest experimental point before there is an adverse effect on a species – of five parts per billion, the study's results suggest low potential for neonicotinoids to harm bee behavior or colony health.

Read more about the results: READ MORE

Preventing Petunia Flower Meltdown
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Dr. Terril A. Nell, AFE Research Coordinator



Market-ready petunia plants can be lost to flower wilt and disease in just hours or days during transport to retail outlets.

Not only is the loss of plants disheartening, the resulting financial losses are frustrating to growers and retailers.

Petunia flower meltdown is observed when growers...

Alternative Compounds to Control Gray Mold
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Uttara Samarakoon, Katherine Bennett, Jared Jent, Christina Chiu, Guido Sch and James E. Faust



Gray mold caused by Botrytis cinerea is a widespread disease in ornamental plant production during propagation, production and post-harvest storage that readily infects flowers, stems or leaves.

A common industry problem involves Botrytis infection of bedding plant flowers during post-harvest shipping. The most common example is meltdown of petunia flowers. 

The research lab at Clemson University recently completed a research project with the support of AFE that...  READ MORE

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