A System for Producing Large Quantities of Greenhouse-grown Strawberry Plantlets for Plug Production

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Eric B. BishUniversity of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences Department, P.O. Box 110690, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690.

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Daniel J. CantliffeUniversity of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Horticultural Sciences Department, P.O. Box 110690, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690.

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Craig K. ChandlerUniversity of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 13138 Lewis Gallagher, Road, Dover, FL 33527.

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A greenhouse hydroponic system, which uses suspended plastic troughs, was found to be an efficient system for the production of high quality strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa) plantlets. In this system micropropagated mother plants of `Oso Grande' and `Sweet Charlie' produced an average of 84 and 80 daughters per mother plant, respectively, in 1996, at a plant density of 3 mother plants/ft2 (32 mother plants/m2). Nearly 100% of the plantlets harvested from the system were successfully rooted in plug trays, and showed no symptoms of leaf or crown diseases.

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