Project GREEEN announces $1.8 million in grants for plant agriculture research
posted on May 4, 2012 11:53am
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Michigan’s plant agriculture and natural resources, which contribute an estimated $91.4 billion to Michigan’s economy, will continue to flourish, thanks in part to $1.8 million in research and outreach funding to Michigan State University (MSU) researchers.
Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs), the state’s plant agriculture initiative, will be funding 26 new projects this year, as well as 36 continued projects.
Focusing on protecting the state’s fruit and vegetable crops, increasing their quality and profitability, and improving and safeguarding Michigan’s tree and soil resources, the project topics range from developing better monitoring and management strategies for insects in tree fruit and comparing irrigation types to determine the most efficient water use for green roofs to improving disease management methods in potatoes and protecting ash trees from emerald ash borer through acoustic technology.
“We continue to get strong proposals for detection and mitigation strategies for invasive species,” says Steve Lovejoy, associate director of MSU Extension. “Michigan’s crop diversity makes controlling invasive species particularly important. A number of the crops grown here don’t have a lot of chemical control strategies.
“We received more proposals than we could fund,” he notes. “I wish we had enough money to fund them all.”
Project GREEEN is a cooperative effort between plant-based commodities and businesses together with MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through its plant-based agriculture.
A complete listing of newly funded and continuing Project GREEEN research and Extension projects is available athttp://www.greeen.msu.edu.