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$55,000 in grants awarded to garden research

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The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDARD) has announced the three recipients of the 2024 Horticulture Fund Grant, designed to support Michigan’s approximately $1.4 billion nursery and ornamental horticulture industry.

“These grants are another way MDARD is investing in supporting sustainable agriculture, healthier communities and cultivating resilience in our changing world,” said MDARD Director Dr. Tim Boring. “Research is a fundamental part of ensuring the long-term success of Michigan’s nursery and ornamental horticulture industries.”

The department received seven proposals. Of these, MDARD has awarded the following three projects, with a total investment of $54,953:

  • Rodney FernandezProfessor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University
    • Ensure water safety through the reduction of nitrogen and pesticides in agricultural wastewater.
  • Debalina SahaAssistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University
    • Comparison of the effects of organic versus synthetic herbicides for liverwort control and the effect on nursery production.
  • Younsuk DongAssistant Professor, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University
    • Improving irrigation management in Christmas tree production using LoT-based sensor monitoring technology and irrigation scheduling.

Selected grant projects must fall under one of the following three categories:

  • Applied research: Crop management systems that increase industry profitability while being environmentally and socially responsible, providing long-term benefits to Michigan’s nursery and ornamental horticulture industries.
  • Basic research: Research that generates knowledge that can be used to address contemporary problems and/or enable the future development and implementation of improved techniques or processes.
  • Outreach/Training/Demonstration: Activities aimed at supporting Michigan’s nursery and ornamental horticulture industries

Source: michigan.gov

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