Michigan Floriculture Research Priorities
Michigan Floriculture Growers Council
Val Vail-Shirey, Executive Director
- Improve the energy efficiency of floriculture crops and other high-value specialty crops produced in controlled environments (e.g., greenhouses and growth rooms) in Michigan, including:
- Strategies to produce crops with reduced energy inputs.
- Identification and implementation of cost-effective, renewable energy sources, such as wind and biofuels.
- Outreach activities to educate growers about energy-efficient greenhouse production, alternative energy sources, cost-effective lighting technologies, efficient cropping strategies, etc.
- Develop lighting systems in controlled environments that consume less energy, accelerate plant growth and flowering, and can withstand variable growing environments.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of consumer demand for floriculture industry products.
- Identify and develop sustainable production practices and products that reduce environmental impacts, such as use of biodegradable containers, recycling of plastics, reduced water and fertilizer consumption, etc.
- Identify alternative high-value specialty crops (such as leafy greens and herbs) and develop more refined crop production schedules for profitable, controlled-environment production in Michigan.
- Identify and test new and existing herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, and insecticides to protect and support the greenhouse industry.
- Develop strategies to extend the post-harvest period of specialty crops grown in controlled environments so that the stress tolerance of plants is improved and/or plants have a longer shelf life.
- Improve business marketing, management skills, and organizational development for greenhouse companies in Michigan.
Last updated: January 2017