|The Chain of Life Network® is a comprehensive assembly of information that can be used by growers, wholesalers, florists, supermarkets, brokers, breeders, importers, educators, bouquet manufacturers, associations, students, and floral supply companies to improve the performance of cut flowers and greens, cuttings, plugs, and foliage, flowering and bedding plants. Floral marketing and consumer information is also included.
Access to this site is free for anyone who clicks on the Free Subscription link and provides a first and last name, username, password, e-mail address, country, and profession and agrees to the members’ license agreement. The members’ license agreement can be found by clicking on Policies.
Categories of the information contained in this site are outlined below. Just click on the categories to learn more. You are also encouraged to click on the About Us and Biography links presented on this homepage to learn some of the history of this site and the experiences of its founder, Dr. George Staby.
Frequently Asked Questions and Latest News Articles : Hundreds of care and handling subjects and all Latest News Articles are presented in a question and answer format that can be searched or browsed.
Floral Crop Specifics: Over 450 floral crops are listed with specific postharvest care, handling, botanical, and historical information presented. A picture for each plant or flower is also provided.
Flower and Plant Processing: Step by step processing procedures for cut and potted floral crops that are easy to follow.
Postharvest and Marketing Library Database: Thousands of articles can be easily searched for floral crop care and marketing related subjects, from the most current to ones dating in the 1800s.
Product and Service Company Links: Hundreds of companies and their postharvest care products or services are listed and cross-indexed.
Floriculture Curriculum / Floral Design School Links: Hundreds of schools that offer floriculture, postharvest, and/or floral design classes are listed by state and/or country.
Glossary Plus: Common (and not so common) postharvest-related terms are described.
Discussion Forum: Allows Members opportunities to exchange ideas, ask questions and offer answers with other Members.
Additional Links: Internet sites having floral postharvest and/or marketing information available on the Internet.
Publication Links: Sites from which some articles cited in the Postharvest and Marketing Library Database can be obtained.
Contributors: Companies, organizations, and individuals that have provided support for this site.
Contributor Spotlight: A location where contributing companies and/or individuals are given an opportunity to highlight their products, services, brands, species and/or cultivars.
Ohio State University (OSU) Research Updates: While floral research is conducted at many locations throughout the world, it often takes many months or even years before the floral industry is made aware of the results. Under the leadership of OSU Professor Michelle Jones, it is the purpose of OSU Research Updates to help circumvent such delays by making results known earlier such they can be tested commercially and/or put into commerce.
PRO Institutes: In-depth 2.5-day workshops during which cut flower, potted plant, and bedding plant postharvest and marketing subjects are presented, discussed, and demonstrated. When possible, tours of applicable businesses and facilities are included, while leaving plenty of time for networking.
Questions, comments, and requests for additional services can be e-mailed to the founder of the Chain of Life Network®, Dr. George Staby, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about Dr. Staby can be obtained by clicking Biography.