The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has released a new Thrips and Botrytis online research library that can be found here. The library is the result of a special research campaign, established in 2017, to address the control and management of thrips and botrytis. It is free to all thanks to the campaign’s generous industry sponsors.
This comprehensive online resource is designed to be a one-stop-shop, complete with webinars, fact sheets, and articles on the latest research and implementation strategies. It contains resources in both English and Spanish, as well as cutting-edge research reports that growers can use and implement into their business immediately. The goal of the library is to empower growers as they effectively combat thrips and botrytis, helping to ensure the continued health and vitality of their products.
The library will continue to be updated as new research findings emerge and as AFE persists in its mission of tackling the challenges faced by the floral industry.
This special research fund through AFE has been leading the charge against the destructive forces of thrips and botrytis since 2017. Losses from these pests affect all segments of the industry every day, and are extremely challenging to control. With this special research fund, AFE has been able to support more than 15 multi-year research projects to reduce losses and produce higher-quality flowers and plants.
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The efforts of numerous expert researchers have paved the way for tried-and-true methods to combat these pervasive pests and minimize losses, and the results of the research endeavors will have a significant impact on grower production practices and on the floral industry.