Michigan Nursery & Landscape Industry Research Priorities
Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
2149 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864
517-381-0437, Fax 517-381-0638Submitter: Amy Frankmann
- Strategies for management/control for weeds, alternatives for the loss of methyl bromide.
Integrated Crop Management Best Management Practice (Cultural Practices)
- Water quality: ground water, surface runoff and containment systems.
- Production medias: components, nutrition, microflora, compost, recycled materials.
- Reduced input plant selection (diverse selection that affect different segments of the industry).
- Growth regulation.
- Water consumption/delivery systems.
- Environmental stewardship programs.
- Strategies for management/control of major pests.
- Effects of the Food Quality Protection Act on the green industry.
- Low-risk products.
- Quarantines – interstate, intrastate.
- Spray technology, equipment.
- Alternative control strategies.
- Vertebrae damage.
New Crops/Plants Program
- Plant exploration/evaluation native and introduced species.
- Expanded markets.
- Value added markets.
- Selection/evaluation for:
- Pest resistances.
- Stress tolerances (urban and suburban landscape development)
- Phyto remediations in land reclamation/redevelopment.
Business, Marketing, Consumer Issues
- Marketing – perceived value.
- Social issues – perception/buying trends.
Human Resource Management
- Develop strategies to supply labor for future growth.
- Migrant issues.
- Recruitment of underutilized segments of the workforces.
- Workforce training.
- Sensitivity training for employers.