Plant Height Control by Photoselective Filters: Current Status and Future Prospects

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Nihal C. RajapakseDepartment of Horticulture, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634.

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Roy E. YoungDepartment of Agriculture and Biol. Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.

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Margaret J. McMahonDepartment of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210.

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Ryu OiOrganic Performance Materials Laboratory, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., 1190, Kasama-Cho, Sakae-Ku, Yokohama 247, Japan.

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The interest in using nonchemical alternatives for growth control of horticultural crops has recently increased due to public concerns for food safety and environmental pollution. Several research teams around the world are investigating alternative growth control measures, such as genetic manipulation, temperature, water and nutrient management, mechanical conditioning, and light quality manipulation. This review discusses the recent developments in light quality manipulation as a nonchemical alternative for greenhouse plant height control.

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