FNPS is one of the few organizations actively supporting research for conservation of Florida's native plants.
We are proud to have sponsored research that will assist in best managing our unique species and ecosystems. We are also proud to have assisted many young ecologists in their doctoral and masters projects.
- Blazing Star (Liatris) Culture
- In 2010, FNPS received funding from the Wildflower Foundation to sponsor research on propagation of blazing star. FNPS issued a request for proposal, and the research is currently being conducted.
FNPS annually provides grants for research leading to the conservation of Florida native plants. These grants are funded through donations from our Endowment Fund, from our general membership fees, and from targeted donations from individuals and chapters. Grants are provided based on funding available and on the quality of applications received.
The list below lists the most recent projects that we have funded. Click here for a full list of Endowment Grant recipients.
- Genetic resources for identifying beaksedges (Rhynchospora) and understanding their diversity in Florida and the Coastal Plain
- Chris Buddenhagen (Department of Biology, Florida State University, 2012)
- Determining parentage and ploidy of hybrid Tillandsia: Achieving a better understanding of Florida’s native plant diversity
- Emily Warschefsky (Department of Biology, Florida International University, 2012)
- Determining the consequences of herbivory by the invasive South American cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) to native Opuntia populations in Florida
- Kristen Sauby (Department of Biology, University of Florida, 2012)