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Research to understand the interaction between people and plants will have a direct influence on the development of environmentally sound and humanly healthful urban landscapes; the understanding of the role of greenspace in interior as well as exterior settings; the involvement of school children in gardening; and the use of cut flowers, pot plants, and food crops to improve human life quality. This increased understanding of what people expect from plants and the garden can directly influence horticultural products and techniques.
Coupled with communications to make the public aware of the findings, this research will increase the appreciation and use of plants, thus the benefits that people gain from plants. Research results will serve as a powerful marketing tool to increase the demand for horticultural products and services, leading to an increase in the number of jobs in the industry and, ultimately, the demand and funding for traditional horticultural research and education.