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Linda Chalker-Scott

diversity, pest and disease suppression, and crop quality and yield. The benefits of these methods have been reviewed in the scientific literature (e.g., Dima and Odero,1997 ; Gasser and Berg, 2011 ; Kaval, 2004 ; Mason and Spaner, 2006 ; Pandian et al

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Madeline W. Olberg and Roberto G. Lopez

crop quality, in terms of increased biomass accumulation, increased branching, more compact growth, and increased number of visible buds ( Adams et al., 1998 ; Blanchard et al., 2011a , 2011b ; Faust et al., 2005 ; Heins et al., 2000 ; Kaczperski

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Amanda Bayer

production, necessitating alternative means of growth control ( Kaufmann et al., 2000 ). Reduced irrigation applications can be used as a method of plant growth control and to improve crop quality ( Koniarski and Matysiak, 2013 ); however, this requires

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Ariana P. Torres and Roberto G. Lopez

crop quality ( Erwin, 2009 ; Warner and Erwin, 2003 ). Tropical plants of equatorial origin are believed to be more sensitive to small differences in daylength (photoperiod) than those from temperate regions ( Sanford, 1974 ). Plant responses

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Carl J. Rosen and Deborah L. Allan

; Trewavas, 2004 ; Williams, 2002 ; Woese et al., 1997 ; Worthington, 2001 ; Zhao et al., 2006 ). The intent of this article is to complement those reviews and take a broader view of organic plant nutrient sources by assessing soil and crop quality

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Matthew Chappell, Sue K. Dove, Marc W. van Iersel, Paul A. Thomas, and John Ruter

al., 2012 ). The use of moisture sensing technology is a promising avenue to address irrigation efficiency without compromising crop quality. The use of technology has historically been the cornerstone of improving irrigation efficiencies, first in

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Kelly Ross, Gerry Neilsen, and Denise Neilsen

levels of phenolic compounds in cherries. A recent review called for increased research to clarify the impact of environmental stresses on crop quality ( Wang and Frei, 2011 ). In the irrigated fruit-growing region of the Pacific Northwest of North

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Luis O. Duque

mulch films are used in the production of vegetables and other specialty crops globally because of the benefits they provide, such as weed, water, and temperature management. The use of plastic mulch can lead to better crop quality and yield, and to more

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Chandrappa Gangaiah, Amjad Ahmad, Hue V. Nguyen, Koon-Hui Wang, and Theodore J.K. Radovich

. Sipes, B. Arancon, N. Tamaru, C. Fox, B.K. Kobayashi, K.D. Paull, R. 2012 Innovative use of locally produced inputs to improve plant growth, crop quality and grower profitability in Hawai’i HortTechnology 22 738 742 Rolland, F. Moore, B. Sheen, J. 2002

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James Ferguson, Bala Rathinasabapathi, and Clinton Warren

, and downgrade crop quality. Although preventive weed control measures, including exclusion, groundcovers, and cultivation, are used in adjacent land, chemical weed control, especially with granular preemergent herbicides, is widely used in production