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Dewayne L. Ingram and R. Thomas Fernandez

production system as a whole or to analyze individual system components. The potential impact of biodegradable and/or plantable containers and biodegradable plastics can be assessed using LCA. Potential impacts of reuse and recycling can be studied with LCA

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

The extensive use of petroleum-based containers and synthetic fertilizers in horticulture provides unparalleled effectiveness ( McCabe et al., 2014 ; Schrader et al., 2016 ), but this level of effectiveness is achieved through heavy consumption of

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Gabriele Amoroso, Piero Frangi, Riccardo Piatti, Alessio Fini, Francesco Ferrini, and Marco Faoro

in 3-L containers. Shrubs were planted at a density of 4 plants/m 2 . Within a species, all plants came from the same Italian nursery, but not all species came from the same nursery. Two mulches: 1) black polypropylene fabric (3210NE Agritela

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S. Christopher Marble, Shawn T. Steed, Debalina Saha, and Yuvraj Khamare

., 2015 ). Use of biodegradable plastics could be explored as a possible solution to alleviate environmental issues ( Sintim and Flury, 2017 ), as could designing plastic mulch materials specifically for use in container nurseries to allow for reuse in

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Shuresh Ghimire, Arnold M. Saxton, Annette L. Wszelaki, Jenny C. Moore, and Carol A. Miles

oceans originates from disposal on land ( Li et al., 2016 ). Biodegradable plastics are degradable plastic in which the degradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae ( ASTM International, 2011

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3b areas using high tunnels. Growth/Development of Poinsettia in Biodegradable/Compostable Containers Lopez and Camberato (p. 419) evaluated plastic, rice hull, wheat starch-derived bioresin, molded fiber, straw, coconut coir, composed cow manure

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effect on container performance. The highest rated containers functioned similarly to petroleum-based containers, yet were biodegradable in soils. Decision Tool to Evaluate Economics of Grafted Tomatoes Rysin and Louws (p. 132) used data for conventional

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Dewayne L. Ingram, John M. Ruter, and Chris A. Martin

News 7 28 29 Ruter, J.M. 1999 Fiber pots improve survival of ‘Otto Luyken’ laurel. Proc. South. Nur. Assoc. Res. Conf. 44:53–54 Ruter, J.M. 2000a Biodegradable fiber containers improve the growth of two daylily cultivars Acta Hort. 517 271 274 Ruter, J

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only about half of that for the conventional single-head system, the high-wire system was more cost-effective for year-round cucumber production. Biodegradable Mulches Used for Container-grown Arborvitae Amoroso et al. (p. 957) observed that

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Hayk Khachatryan, Ben Campbell, Charles Hall, Bridget Behe, Chengyan Yue, and Jennifer Dennis

awareness and demand for environmentally friendly product attributes, it is essential for firms to understand how EC impacts WTP for proenvironmental attributes such as sustainable production practices, biodegradable and recyclable potting containers, and