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Colleen Kennedy, Tomas N. Hasing, and Vance M. Whitaker

612499) for vigor and good fruit color. Accessions of the Fragaria supercore have been evaluated in temperate climates; however, supercore accessions have not been characterized in non-temperate climates or in annualized production systems. The

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Benjamin L. Green, Richard W. Harper, and Daniel A. Lass

“BNB” tree (N.L. Bassuk, personal communication). In recent times, other nursery techniques have become increasingly popular, including PIP container-grown, IGF, and BR production systems. Though each method offers advantages and disadvantages, some

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Leonor F.S. Leandro, Lisa M. Ferguson, Frank J. Louws, and Gina E. Fernandez

-management practices applied to field soil. There is a need to develop transplant production systems that reduce the risk of introducing root pathogens into fields and that ensure plant vigor and productivity. Root dips with Trichoderma harzianum strain T22 (T22

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Horacio E. Alvarado-Raya, Rebecca L. Darnell, and Jeffrey G. Williamson

first-year yields in perennial production systems but lower than yields obtained in subsequent years of perennial systems ( Darnell et al., 2006 ). The lower yields may be the result of root loss when plants are removed from the nursery and lack of root

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Katsumi Ohyama, Junichi Yamaguchi, and Ayumi Enjoji

must be reduced by efficiently using human resources and/or by using mechanization or automation. In plant production systems with natural lighting (e.g., fields and greenhouses), efficient use of human resources has been investigated through work

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Matthew D. Stevens, Brent L. Black, John D. Lea-Cox, and Dillon Feuz

Introduction There is much interest in moving strawberry production systems in a more sustainable direction ( Black et al., 2002a ; Merwin and Pritts, 1993 ; Nonnecke and Dewitt, 1996 ; Pritts, 2002 ). Sustainable systems have been defined as

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Christian A. Wyenandt, Wesley L. Kline, Daniel L. Ward, and Nancy L. Brill

al., 2007 ). Fig. 1. Mature bell pepper fruit with “silvering.” The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of four different production systems and five bell pepper cultivars considered susceptible, tolerant, or resistant to the crown

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Heidi C. Anderson, Mary A. Rogers, and Emily E. Hoover

adjusting the scale of production from year to year. Soil-borne diseases are problematic in strawberry production, and having the ability to rotate the planting area can improve the sustainability of strawberry production systems. This is especially true in

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

production systems is also addressed. Common Biobased and Synthetic Biodegradable Plastic Feedstocks Although biodegradation of plastic mulch varies with climate (temperature, moisture, and solar radiation) and soil type, the rate and amount of biodegradation

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Cary L. Rivard, Olha Sydorovych, Suzanne O'Connell, Mary M. Peet, and Frank J. Louws

Recently, grafting has gained increased attention for U.S. tomato production systems ( King et al., 2008 ; Kubota et al., 2008 ). Field trials in the southeastern U.S. showed that resistant rootstocks can be used to manage site-specific soilborne