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August 22, 2013
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Aug. 22, 2013, Alexandria, VA — Industry members now have online access
to a comprehensive floriculture library containing information that may
have been previously unavailable.

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has partnered with North Carolina State University (NCSU) to create the Floriculture InfoSearch Engine, a powerful search engine for convenient and comprehensive access to floriculture literature, videos and presentations.

The
website also contains a floriculture archive with materials from AFE,
NCSU, scientific journals and trade publications, all of which are
accessible and searchable through one website.

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"We want to thank a
couple of floriculture pack rats, George Staby and Harold Wilkins, for
opening their files to us and several industry groups and magazines for
allowing us to scan and enter their articles," said John Dole, PhD,
project leader and head of NCSU's horticultural science department.
"This project is a wonderful example of what can be done when several
groups work together to benefit the floriculture industry."

AFE,
the NCSU College of Agriculture Life Sciences (CALS) and the NCSU
department of horticultural science are funding the project, which is
now available online.

"I am excited about this project, as it
will make horticultural research much more accessible and will safeguard
the information should journals go out of printer researchers retire,"
said Ken Altman of Altman's Plants. Altman is also treasurer and
secretary of AFE.

The search engine will be continuously updated with additional information as it becomes available.

"Information
is of no use to anyone if they can't find it," said Dole. "The AFE
archive will allow everyone to easily find and use the rich trove of
great scientific and trade articles published over the years."


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