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Sadman Islam, Mark Lefsrud, Jan Adamowski, Blake Bissonnette, and Allison Busgang

to irrigation and greywater recycling used in toilets and for household cleaning. Rainwater harvesting on a small scale provides an example of one approach to help communities transition to more sustainable water resources management. The

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Tongyin Li, Guihong Bi, Richard L. Harkess, and Eugene K. Blythe

; volume, 3.8 L; Nursery Supplies, Chambersburg, PA) and a biodegradable container (also referred to as a biocontainer) made from a mix of recycled paper (7 × 7 RD; interior top, diameter 18.7 cm; bottom diameter, 14.9 cm; height, 17.1 cm; volume, 3.9 L

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Michael A. Schnelle, Sharon L. von Broembsen, and Michael D. Smolen

A comprehensive educational program focusing on water quality protection was developed for the Oklahoma nursery industry. The program focused on best management practices to limit pesticides and nutrients in irrigation runoff and on capture and recycle technology as a pollution prevention strategy. Key professionals from the departments of entomology and plant pathology, biosystems and agricultural engineering, and horticulture formed a multidisciplinary team within the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES). During 1998, water quality workshops were conducted on-site throughout Oklahoma at leading nursery operations. These workshops were designed to highlight best management practices (BMPs) that were already in place as a foundation on which to implement additional BMPs with the assistance of the OCES team. Training workshops were augmented by written publications, by web-based information, and by videotape instruction. These provided for ongoing education beyond the formal grant period. The written materials included a water quality handbook for nurseries and a fact sheet on capturing and recycling irrigation runoff. The water quality handbook was also made available on the web and a website on disease management for nurseries using recycling irrigation was provided. The water quality video, highlighting successful growers, was designed to show aspects of both best management practices and capture and recycle technology. Results of these 3-year extension efforts will be discussed.

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Genhua Niu, Denise S. Rodriguez, and Terri Starman

, and recreational users has become intense. Use of municipal reclaimed water (also called recycled water in some states) to irrigate landscapes can conserve a substantial amount of potable water because ≈50% of the total municipal water consumption from

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Sanalkumar Krishnan and Emily B. Merewitz

or costly, the use of reclaimed water on golf courses and other turfgrass areas is a strategy to maintain sustainability and conserve water or is mandated. Depending on the source of recycled water and the growing environment to which it is applied

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Raúl I. Cabrera, Alma R. Solís-Pérez, and John J. Sloan

, dwindling availability of good-quality irrigation water and environmental pressures are forcing growers to use poor-quality waters and recycle/reuse leached and runoff solutions ( Baas and van den Berg, 1999 ; Bernstein et al., 2006 ; de Hoog, 2001

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Thomas Graham, Ping Zhang, Youbin Zheng, and Michael A. Dixon

maintenance and reducing the pathogen load associated with untreated and recycled irrigation water. Given that ozone exposure, as a component of photochemical smog, is a significant plant production issue in many key North American and European nursery

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Tongyin Li, Guihong Bi, and Richard L. Harkess

Supplies ® , Chambersburg, PA; top diameter, 17.78 cm; bottom diameter, 18.10 cm; volume, 3.785 L) and the other is a biodegradable container made from a mix of recycled paper (Western Pulp Products Co., Corvallis, OR; 7 × 7 round; interior top diameter, 18

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Gary W. Knox, Edward F. Gilman, and Sydney Park Brown

Environmental Landscape Management (ELM) is an extension education program developed to promote resource conservation and environmental protection through appropriate landscape design and maintenance practices. Use of ELM practices by Florida home owners and landscape professionals will conserve energy and water, recycle yard wastes, and reduce inputs of fertilizers and pesticides. Site analysis and appropriate landscape design and plant selection are inherent components of ELM. Guidelines for ELM integrate irrigation, fertilization, pest control, recycling of yard wastes and other cultural practices to result in a holistic approach to landscape management.

Five videos, 3 slide sets, 20 newspaper releases, and a 45-page booklet, The Florida Environmental Landscape Guide, have been produced to support ELM. This information also will be available on CD-ROM in each county extension office.

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Leopold M. Nyochembeng, Caula A. Beyl, and Rodulfo P. Pacumbaba

Current goals for space exploration are predicated upon long-term manned space flights and colonization of planetary habitats. Long periods in space without payloads of necessary items from Earth require the development of a self-sustaining ecosystem that will allow astronauts to grow their own food and efficiently recycle the waste products. Crops suggested for growth in space include wheat, rice, carrots, soybean, mushrooms, etc. Optimal and rapid biodegradation of lignin and other cellulosic material of crop residues by candidate edible white rot fungal strains is paramount in the use of these organisms to achieve effective biomass recycling in an advanced life support system (ALS). The incorporation of organic N into the substrate and pairing crop residues may enhance growth and fruiting of the edible fungi, thus increasing the rate of biodegradation of the substrates and biomass recycling. We investigated the mycelial growth of two strains of Pleurotusostreatus (`Grey Dover' and `Blue Dolphin') on processed single vegetative residues of soybean, cowpea, tomato, sweetpotato, or their 1:1 combination with wheat or rice straw. Growth and fruiting of the two strains including another strain (`Pohu') on rice straw mixed with solid thermophilic aerobic reactor (STAR) effluent for degradation and recycling were also studied. Mycelial growth and fruiting in `Grey Dover' and `Blue Dolphin' were significantly repressed on sweetpotato and basil; however, growth of the two strains was improved when sweetpotato and basil substrates were paired with rice or wheat straw. Fruiting was prolific in paired combinations of soybean with wheat or rice straw. High concentration of STAR residue enhanced mycelial growth; however, a relatively lower concentration was required for abundant fruiting.