A $600,000 Investment and Counting
The science behind growing and caring for Christmas trees can have long-ranging impacts on the industry. That’s why the Christmas Tree Promotion Board has invested or committed more than $600,000 in a slate of research projects designed to benefit the entire industry.
The projects that are currently receiving CTPB funding range from having the potential to make a grower’s life a little easier to completely transforming a grower’s operation. CTPB funded projects include:
- The Cooperative Fir Germplasm Evaluation (CoFirGe ) an experiment to see how well Turkish and Trojan firs can grow in various locations across the country: Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), Oregon State University (OSU), Washington State University (WSU), Pennsylvania State University (PSU), Michigan State University (MSU) and North Carolina State University (NCSU).
- Understanding the Impact of Elongate Hemlock Scale, Jill Sidebottom, NCSU
- Development of IPM Strategies for Management of Slugs on Christmas Trees, OSU, WSU
- Cultural options for controlling cones in Fraser fir plantations, Bert Cregg, MSU
- Fraser Fir Cone Control Research, Ashe County Center – NCSU
- Developing Strategies for Leader Control in Nordmann and Turkish fir, Chal Landgren, OSU
- Spray Drones to Apply Agricultural Materials to Christmas Trees, Travis Birdsell, NCSU
- Post-Entry Elimination of Megastigmus Seed Larvae in Imported Conifer Seed, Gary Chastagner, WSU
- Enhanced establishment and growth of bare-root transplants using controlled-release fertilizers, Richard Cowles, CAES
- Management options for herbicide resistant weeds in Christmas tree production, Joseph Neal, NCSU
- Effectiveness of preharvest application of 1-MCP in reducing needle loss on cut Christmas trees, Gary Chastagner, WSU
- Managing cone formation in Abies Christmas tree species, Bert Cregg, MSU
- Evaluation of Nordmann Fir (Abies nordmanniana) Seed Sources for U.S. Christmas Tree Production, Chal Landgren, OSU
- Twig Weevil- A small poorly understood pest inflicting havoc in the PNW export markets, Gary Chastagner, WSU
- Spotted Lanternfly: A new exotic pest threatening the mid-Atlantic Christmas tree market, Rick Bates, PSU
Request for Proposals
The CTPB announced their request for Christmas tree research grant proposals for 2019-2020 fiscal year funding. The purpose of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board Competitive Research Grant Program is to establish and conduct research with respect to the image, desirability, use, marketability, quality, product development or production of Christmas trees; to the end that the marketing and use of Christmas trees may be encouraged, expanded, improved, or made more acceptable and to advance the image, desirability, or quality of Christmas trees.
Research means any type of test, systematic study, investigation, analysis and/or evaluation designed to advance the image, desirability, use, marketability, quality, product development, or production of Christmas trees, including but not limited to research related to cost of production, market development, testing the effectiveness of market development and promotional efforts, new species of Christmas trees and environmental issues relating to the Christmas tree industry.
Our approved research budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is $200,000. Proposals will be accepted on or before July 12, 2019. Keep in mind; emergency project funding may be available at any time if an unexpected need arises in your area.
Priorities set for this grant cycle funding include but are not exclusive to:
- Genetic Improvement – All species, all growing regions
- Environmental Benefit of Real Trees – Carbon, Green space, Sustainability
- Insect/Pest Management – scale, aphid, slug, mite, chalcid, wildlife, roundup resistant weeds,
- Improved technology – labor reduction, safety, cost benefit, quality of end product (baling materials, baler pulling devices, shaking, tree display stands, cut tree water use, Christmas tree allergies)
- Disease Management/Resistance – Phytophthora, Passalora,
Please direct all questions regarding CTPB research to Cynthia Alexander at: email@example.com