Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation awards $131,016.20 in grants

The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, Inc. recently awarded 13 grants totaling $131,016.20.

Since the Foundation was established in 1960, their support of floriculture research has totaled over $6.65 million.

Keeping Frederick Carl Gloeckner’s direction and vision in focus, the Board of Directors and Officers met on June 4th to review proposals submitted from many highly qualified researchers from more than 25 colleges and universities in the US.

The following grants have been awarded:
  • $8,000.00 IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (Currey) - Controlling growth of containerized herb bedding plants using cultural practices.
  • $15,000.00 KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (Cloyd) - Integrating the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, with the rove beetle, Dalotia coriaria, to suppress populations of the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis.
  • $8,000.00 KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (Williams, Miller) – Understanding and abating intumescence development in Angelonia and Solanum spp.
  • $9,000.00 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (Lopez, Owen, Hurt) – Optimizing herbaceous perennial cutting callusing and rooting with DLI, light quality, and medium temperatures.
  • $10,000.00 MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY (Broderick) - Mitigating losses and identifying new sources of resistance for charcoal rot on interspecific New Guinea Impatiens.
  • $10,000.00 NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (Whipker, Henry) – Determining the physiological basis of late season phosphorus deficiency symptoms on the upper foliage of greenhouse crops.
  • $7,150.00 NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (Shew) – To study the effects of cultivar, soil moisture, and fungicide applications on the infection dynamics of Pythium aphanidermatum and the development of Pythium root rot in poinsettia.
  • $7,962.00 NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY (Whipker, Frank, Bertone) - For creating an interactive insect lifecycle photographic guide.
  • $9,842.20 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY (Barnes) – For the herbaceous species trials at Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • $12,000.00 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (Deng) – Introducing the NPR1 gene into Impatiens and determining the effect of NPR1 over-expression on downy mildew resistance.
New York Florists’ Club Grants
Mr. Gloeckner was a life member of The New York Florists’ Club, a Club that had very similar goals with respect to facilitating research and education in floriculture. After serving the industry for 106 years, in 1993 when the members of the New York Florists’ Club voted to suspend operations of the club, they transferred their remaining funds to the Gloeckner Foundation.

The “New York Florists’ Club Grants” are a continuing tribute to the many industry people who gave so generously of their time and resources to improve and enhance the future of the industry. The following grants were designated as such for the 2016-2017 Research Year.
  • $12,062.00 CORNELL UNIVERSITY (Miller) - To study Ethephon Substrate Drenches: Root absorption and translocation of Ethephon.
  • $10,000.00 CORNELL UNIVERSITY (Bridgen) - Breeding downy mildew resistant Impatiens.
  • $12,000.00 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (Hand) –In vitro screening of perennial Phlox germplasm for susceptibility to Golovinomyces cichoracearum, the biotroph powdery mildew pathogen.
For more information
The Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation
Christina Thompson
914-630-5313 x152

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