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Susmitha S. Nambuthiri and Dewayne L. Ingram

price point at a reasonable level for mass plantings. An increasing number of biodegradable and plantable containers are becoming available in sizes appropriate for groundcover plant production. These containers are made from paper, straw, composted

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Tongyin Li, Guihong Bi, Genhua Niu, Susmitha S. Nambuthiri, Robert L. Geneve, Xueni Wang, R. Thomas Fernandez, Youping Sun, and Xiaojie Zhao

more water. The decomposition of biodegradable containers has been considered to be influenced by various factors such as plant species, irrigation practices, and container wall material ( Candido et al., 2008 ; Evans and Karcher, 2004 ; Evans et al

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Youping Sun, Genhua Niu, Andrew K. Koeser, Guihong Bi, Victoria Anderson, Krista Jacobsen, Renee Conneway, Sven Verlinden, Ryan Stewart, and Sarah T. Lovell

://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/publications/Plastics/2008019.pdf > Lopez, R.G. Camberato, D.M. 2011 Growth and development of ‘Eckespoint Classic Red’ poinsettia in biodegradable and compostable containers HortTechnology 21 419 423 Koeser, A.K. 2013 Performance and environmental impacts of biocontainers in

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Dewayne L. Ingram, Timothy A. Woods, Wuyang Hu, and Susmitha S. Nambuthiri

positive willingness to pay for floral crops in several different biodegradable containers compared with standard plastic containers. However, the degree of that willingness to pay varied with specific biodegradable container. Yue et al. (2011) found

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Andrew Koeser, Sarah T. Lovell, Michael Evans, and J. Ryan Stewart

sleeve. In adopting biodegradable, plant-based plastics, container producers hope to emulate the advantages of petroleum-derived products (i.e., durability and imperviousness), whereas appealing to environmentally conscious consumers and growers. The

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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

, solid rice, straw, wood fiber, and recycled, reground plastic. Biodegradable, compostable, or bioresin containers are “green” products that have become increasingly popular over the past several years ( Lubick, 2007 ). Hall et al. (2009) reported that

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H.M. Mathers, S.B. Lowe, C. Scagel, D.K. Struve, and L.T. Case

Robbins, J.A. 2002 Effect of substrate type on the growth of container-grown woody ornamentals Proc. Southern Nursery Assn. Res. Conf. 36 108 112 Ruter, J.M. 2000 Biodegradable fiber containers improve the growth of two daylily cultivars Acta Hort. 517 271

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Andrew Koeser, Gary Kling, Candice Miller, and Daniel Warnock

al., 2011 ). Beyond the acceptance of premium pricing, green consumers have shown loyalty to businesses that embrace their environmental ideals ( Yue and Tong, 2009 ). When one looks at issues of sustainability and horticultural sales, container type

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

%). The PHA bioplastic was used for one of the composites because it is a unique bioplastic that is biodegradable, but we only developed one container formulation of soy–PHA because of high material cost and limited availability of PHA bioplastic. The

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Andrew K. Koeser, Sarah T. Lovell, Aaron C. Petri, Robin G. Brumfield, and J. Ryan Stewart

labeling, the adoption of biocontainers (plant material-based, biodegradable pots) as an alternative to the use of conventional plastic containers can be a significant driver of consumer interest. Yue et al. (2011) found that biodegradable, compostable