Plant Breeding Research Policy
The introduction of new plant material and cultivars into the marketplace is critical to the continued success and viability of the nursery, greenhouse, garden center, and landscape industry. Currently there exist a number of individual and group proprietary programs available to breed and market ornamental plant material with desirable ornamental characteristics including flower form, color, plant shape and foliage.
There are limited resources and financial incentives in the private sector to provide the long term and more fundamental genetic and germplasm development that concentrates on non-ornamental characteristics of plant material.
It shall be the policy of HRI to give preferential consideration to germplasm, plant breeding and cultivar enhancement research efforts that focus on developing resistance to biotic (insect and disease pests), tolerant of abiotic stresses (heat, drought, cold hardiness, urban sites, poor soils, etc.), invasiveness and adaptation to climate change. In addition, where intellectual property and patent opportunities arrive from such funded research efforts, HRI will engage with collaborative research partners where intellectual property and patent rights can be shared, such as CRADA opportunities with USDA Agricultural Research Service.
(adopted November 19, 2008 by the HRI Executive Committee)