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The 65th Annual SNA Research Conference
Held in Conjunction with The SNA Virtual Conference

Monday, February 1 & Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Research Presentations by Category (see below)
Monday, February 1, 2021
  11:00am - 1:00pmSNA Research Conference - Bryson L. James Student Competition
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  11:00am - 1:00pmResearch Presentations by Category (see schedule link below)

Schedule subject to change based on number of presentations. Final schedule, titles and presentations available by December 1.
SNA Conference Participants have the opportunity to attend the SNA Plant Conference on Tuesday.

SNA Research Conference Schedule
SNA Conference Schedule
SNA Plant Conference Schedule

Call for Titles
SNA Research Conference Schedule
Bryson L. James Student Research Competition

SNA Conference registration is required to attend the SNA Research Conference. 
A special code will be supplied to all SNA Research Conference presenters for a complimentary
registration, which includes access to The SNA Conference (SNA Plant Conference and SNA Research Conference) keynote sessions and roundtable discussions each Wednesday in February – Online. Educators and students should contact the SNA office for a special code for a discounted price of $XX.

Conference Overview:
The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is held annually and is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference, and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research.

Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda, available after December 1, and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested 
in attending. All SNA Conference participants are invited to attend any and all sessions.

 Research Categories Include:

Container Grown Plant Production
Floriculture  Propagation
Economics and Marketing
Growth Regulators  Water Management
Engineering, Structures & Innovations
Landscape  Weed Control
Pathology and Nematology  
Field Production
Plant Breeding and Evaluation

One unique feature of the conference is the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition, an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills and compete for cash awards. These students historically demonstrate strong academic and research ability and move forward in the industry to make outstanding contributions. The competition is named for Dr. Bryson L. James who served as Director of Horticultural Research for the Southern Nursery Association, as well served as coordinator of the conference and editor of the Annual Proceedings of the SNA Research Conference for nearly 50 years.

Today, Dr. Nick Gawel serves in this volunteer position. He coordinates the conference, recruits section editors and edits the annual Proceedings.

Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual publication "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on this website.  Proceedings from 1991 - 2019 are available with 3,136 titles comprised of 12,393 pages. Take a look... there's lots of useful information!

A Special Thank You

We would like to thank the horticultural research community for their efforts in conducting the research contained in these proceedings that make the SNA Research Conference and Proceedings possible.

We would also like to thank our sponsors – Bennett's Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms – for their financial support of the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition.


For more information on the SNA Research Conference or other SNA events, contact:

Southern Nursery Association
PO Box 801454
Acworth, GA 30101
Tel   678.809.9992
Fax  678.809.9993


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