Imagine a world without Roses! Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) is a virus that attacks the rose. There is currently no treatment or cure. The good news is that research is underway at Texas A&M University and the University of Tennessee, mainly funded through a federal program called Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI). The bad news is that the recent SCRI grant proposal wasn’t funded and unless we can raise enough money to continue the research through September 2021, when hopefully it will be funded, much of the progress made toward a cure (resistant rose cultivars) will be lost.
The entire program needs $563,000 in overall funding. Our goal is $200,00O to keep the two research gardens going - one at Texas A&M which and one at University of Tennessee. The loss of these gardens would set the research back 5-10 years.
Please make a donation today to keep this vital research going.