About the Center for Applied Horticultural Research (CfAHR)

CfAHR is newly founded non-profit organization with the purpose of addressing, through research, the practical issues the nursery and floriculture industry face. At the Center, all the facilities and resources will be used to conduct research designed to give answers to practical problems commercial growers and the green industry deal with on a daily basis.

Founded by Ken and Deena Altman of Altman Plants in Vista, California, who have long recognized that sound research improves plant production. Mr. Altman feels that there is no shortage of issues that need to be solved; however, the resources available are limited. The CfAHR is Altman’s way to contribute to the solution. In the best of worlds, this will serve as a model for other nurseries to help fill the gap in resources so we can support our industry researchers.

At the Center, we encourage the submission of projects from individuals, educational centers and industry. The application process includes submission of a research proposal, review by the board of directors and implementation of the research project by the Center personal and applicants. Projects need to address horticultural issues in commercial nursery and ornamental plant production, as well as floriculture. Areas of particular interest are: production protocols, plant breeding, pest and disease control, plant propagation and postharvest management. All research conducted at the Center is done in a sustainable manner and applying good conservational practices. Other activities at the Center are open houses and industry meetings.

Our projects and the results generated will be available to the industry, growers and public in general. We encourage publication of the results generated by projects conducted at CfAHR in technical and scientific journals, as well as the World Wide Web.

CfAHR is open to anyone interested in the green industry and its challenges.

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