Four brilliant, engaging young people are committed to making the future of the floral industry better—recipients of this year’s AFE Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family Scholarships.
All four are graduate students in plant science who are already doing research that could quickly translate into new and improved varieties and increased flower longevity. What’s even more encouraging is the quality of leadership demonstrated by all four recipients.
For those who aren’t directly involved in the breeding and growing end of the industry, it’s easy to take for granted what plant science does to keep flower shops and garden centers supplied with novel, affordable, healthy and long-lived flowers and plants. It’s clear from talking with the four grad-student researchers that the scientists love what they do—but also that the science end of the industry keeps its eyes on the prize: improved understanding of how ornamental plants grow and thrive, with practical application throughout the chain.