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John D. Lea-Cox, Cindy Zhao, David S. Ross, Theodore E. Bilderback, J. Roger Harris, Susan D. Day, Chuanxue Hong, Thomas H. Yeager, Richard C. Beeson Jr, William L. Bauerle, Andrew G. Ristvey, Mary Lorscheider, Sarah Dickinson, and John M. Ruter

), 2004 ]. In 2002, the ornamental industry had 4.82 million acres in production, accounting for 15.4% of wholesale crop receipts, with an average net return of $947 per acre ( USDA, 2004 ). The industry is highly diverse in terms of production practices

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Chenping Xu and Beiquan Mou

nutritional quality of crops. The use of biostimulants to enhance crop growth and yield has gained considerable momentum for ecological sustainability and consumer health ( Calvo et al., 2014 ; du Jardin, 2015 ). Biostimulants are substances enhancing plant

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Alberto Pardossi and Luca Incrocci

irrigation is the major user of fresh water accounting for over 70% of water use worldwide. Therefore, improving irrigation WUE, defined as the ratio of applied water to crop yield, is decisive to sustain the food demand due to the fast-growing world

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Neng-Iong Chan, Bruce E. Rittmann, and James Elser

production ( De, 1939 ; Venkataraman, 1981 ) and have been widely tested in other crops as well ( Abdel-Raouf, 2012 ; Ibraheem, 2007 ; Uysal et al., 2015 ). The bioavailability of the nutrients in residual algal biomass is a key issue that has been

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Brian M. Irish, Ricardo Goenaga, Sirena Montalvo-Katz, Bernardo Chaves-Cordoba, and Inge Van den Bergh

Dominican Republic, increasing the odds of new pest ingress ( Irizarry-Alvarez, 2017 ). Increased competition, natural disasters (e.g., hurricane Maria), and invasive insect pests and diseases make cost-effective and sustainable banana production on the

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Wenjing Guan, Xin Zhao, Richard Hassell, and Judy Thies

-knot nematodes in the Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae. Interest in vegetable grafting has recently grown in the United States as an alternative to soil fumigants and as an integrated pest management practice in various crop production systems ( Kubota et al., 2008

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R.S. Mylavarapu

and consequently to provide calibrated recommendations for fertilizer management such that long-term agricultural production efficiency is maintained and sustainable and rational utilization of soil resources is achieved. Soils differ considerably from

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Sharon J.B. Knewtson, M.B. Kirkham, Rhonda R. Janke, Leigh W. Murray, and Edward E. Carey

states in 2007 with ongoing research and demonstration projects underway in 36 states ( Carey et al., 2009 ). High tunnel crops and soils are often more intensively managed than field crops. Intensified production may increase soil nutrient removal

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Chieri Kubota, Michael A. McClure, Nancy Kokalis-Burelle, Michael G. Bausher, and Erin N. Rosskopf

integrate this modernized technology as an effective tool for sustainable horticultural production in North America. Literature Cited Cao, Z.P. Chen, G.K. Chen, Y.F. Yang, H. Han, L.F. Dawson, R

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Carol Miles, Lisa DeVetter, Shuresh Ghimire, and Douglas G. Hayes

., 2015 ). PE mulch has long been allowed for use in organic crop production [U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA), 2014a ]; however, it was only on 30 Oct. 2014 that the USDA NOP passed a final rule that added biodegradable biobased plastic mulch to