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Susmitha Nambuthiri, Amy Fulcher, Andrew K. Koeser, Robert Geneve, and Genhua Niu

production systems. This article provides an update on advancements in the development of alternative biocontainers in nursery and greenhouse production, with the hope of fostering future research and adoption by the green industry. Types of alternative

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Xueni Wang, R. Thomas Fernandez, Bert M. Cregg, Rafael Auras, Amy Fulcher, Diana R. Cochran, Genhua Niu, Youping Sun, Guihong Bi, Susmitha Nambuthiri, and Robert L. Geneve

Koeser, A. Lovell, S.T. Evans, M.R. Stewart, J.R. 2013 Biocontainer water use in short-term greenhouse crop production HortTechnology 23 215 219 Kuehny, J.S. Taylor, M. Evans, M.R. 2011 Greenhouse and landscape performance of bedding plants in

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

Ca uptake of ‘P.J.M Compact’ and ‘English Roseum’. Plant species vary in their growth and nutrient uptake responses to irrigation frequency ( Li et al., 2018 , 2019 ). Biocontainers made from various biodegradable materials have been investigated as

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James A. Schrader, Christopher J. Currey, Nicholas J. Flax, David Grewell, and William R. Graves

containers consumes between 86% and 171% more fossil fuel resources and produces between 3.5% and 35% higher global warming potential than does the manufacture of biocontainers made with formulations based on polylactic acid (PLA), a bioplastic produced from

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Heidi A. Kratsch, James A. Schrader, Kenneth G. McCabe, Gowrishankar Srinivasan, David Grewell, and William R. Graves

to evaluate a variety of novel biocontainers made from bioplastic polymers and biocomposites to determine 1) their short-term and long-term biodegradability in two diverse soils and climates in Iowa and Nevada, 2) their resilience under conditions of

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Robin G. Brumfield, Laura B. Kenny, Alyssa J. DeVincentis, Andrew K. Koeser, Sven Verlinden, A.J. Both, Guihong Bi, Sarah T. Lovell, and J. Ryan Stewart

documented the amount of each chemical used. Etridiazole + thiophanate-methyl fungicide and paclobutrozol growth regulator applications varied by biocontainer type because of differences in soil volumes (A.K. Koeser, unpublished data). A grower who was

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Kenneth G. McCabe, Christopher J. Currey, James A. Schrader, David Grewell, Jake Behrens, and William R. Graves

McCabe, K.G. Schrader, J.A. Currey, C.J. Grewell, D. Graves, W.R. 2016 Soy-composite biocontainers allow for reduced fertilizer inputs during container-crop production HortScience 51 927 934 Nelson, P.V. Pitchay, D.S. Niedziela, C.E. Jr Mingis, N.C. 2010

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Bethany A. Harris, Wojciech J. Florkowski, and Svoboda V. Pennisi

plantable. Plantable biocontainers may be directly planted in the field, raised bed, or pots and allow plant roots to protrude through their walls. Compostable containers must be removed before planting because they degrade too slowly for plant roots to grow

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head size, and flower retention after mechanical impact. Despite the wide range in planting density, the density effect was largely limited to cockscomb celosia during the 4.5-month harvest season. Physical Properties of Biocontainers for Greenhouse