2018 Grants Announced by the Friends of Long Island Horticulture

Jennifer Zurko

The Friends of Long Island Horticulture announced the recipients of the 2018 research grants. This year, $21,150 was awarded for eight research projects. The generosity from the contributors to the Friends’ fundraising campaign has allowed these research projects to be funded.

The Friends of Long Island Horticulture was organized in 1993 by individuals in the New York horticulture industry to raise funds that are greatly needed to support the research and educational efforts of Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC). To date, through the generosity of many “Friends,” more than $576,850 has been awarded through the competitive grant process.    

Cornell University has always been at the forefront to provide the industry with information that is learned through research and experience.  Private funding through groups such as the Friends of Long Island Horticulture has helped to guarantee that the mission of Cornell University continues.  Thank you for your support!

2018 List of Proposals Funded by the Friends of Long Island Horticulture:

  • Species of Oak for Use on Long Island and Their Pest and Disease Problems (color fact sheet)—Margery Daughtrey, Dan Gilrein and Mina Vescera
  • Testing as SAR-activator for Control of Bacterial Blight in Red-Bor Kale—Margery Daughtrey and Nora Catlin  
  • Evaluating Controls for Crape Myrtle Aphid—Dan Gilrein
  • Improving Control of Black Rot in Brassica Crops—Meg McGrath
  • Evaluation of LifeGard, a New Organically Approved Plant Activator—Meg McGrath
  • Providing Growers with Fungicide Recommendations for Cucurbit Powdery Mildew based on Pathogen Fungicide Sensitivity Results—Meg McGrath
  • Testing the Efficacy of Artificial Sugar Bait for Controlling Ants Activity and Their Association with Mealybug and Scale in Vineyards—Alice Wise and Faruque Zaman
  • Continuation of Season-long Monitoring of Invasive Insects in Fruit Orchards and Vineyards on Long Island (continuation of 2017 Applied Fruit Program project)—Faruque Zaman  GT