A Simple, Inexpensive Static Solution Culture System

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Authors:
David R. HersheyNew Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Horticulture and Forestry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

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Richard H. MerrittNew Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Horticulture and Forestry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

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Abstract

Static solution culture systems are widely used in plant research and for teaching demonstrations of plant nutrient deficiency symptoms. Numerous systems have been described (1,2) including one (3) constructed of readily available materials. Reported here is another design for a static solution culture system built of readily available components. This system is characterized by a) low cost, b) simplicity, c) easy assembly, d) potential for variable spacing of culture vessels, e) identical aeration rate for each vessel without individual air flow valves, and f) aeration from the top of the culture vessel rather than the bottom, eliminating drainage through aeration lines should the air supply fail.

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Received for publication 2 Dec. 1985. New Jersey Agr. Expt. Sta. Publ. No. D-03231-2-86, supported by state and Hatch Act funds. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper therefore must be hereby marked advertisement solely to indicate this fact.

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