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averaged 3–20 stems/plant per month. New Biodegradable Mulch Films Maintain High Fresh-market Tomato Yields Removal and disposal of used plastic mulches is a major challenge for the vegetable industry. The need to develop a mulch film that biodegrades over

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, J. Corbin, A. Inglis, D. 2014 Degradation of potentially biodegradable plastic mulch films at three diverse U.S. locations Agroecology Sustainable Food Systems 38 861 889 10.1080/21683565.2014.884515 Lu, H. Madbouly, S.A. Schrader, J.A. Kessler, M

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and on two different media. Survival, growth, and contamination varied significantly by species, but not section. Explants on Woody Plant Medium had more growth and longer survival than those on Gresshoff and Doy medium. Sampling Biodegradable Mulch in

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never been validated using organic insecticides. Cultural methods like intercropping and reflective plastic mulch inconsistently suppress disease in organic systems ( Cline et al. 2008 ; Haber et al. 2023 ). Similarly, the efficacy and profitability of

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.C. Anunciado, M.B. English, M.E. Bandopadhyay, S. Schaeffer, S.M. DeBruyn, J.M. Miles, C.A. 2020 In situ degradation of biodegradable plastic mulch films in compost and agricultural soils Sci. Total Environ. 727 138668 https://doi.org/10.1016/j

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Organic weed management of vegetable crops typically includes a combination of crop rotation, tillage, hand weeding, mowing, and mulching with plastic films ( Baker and Mohler, 2015 ; Kasirajan and Ngouajio, 2012 ; Wang et al., 2008 ). However

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and biodegradable plastic mulches improve growth, yield, and weed management in floricane red raspberry Scientia Hort. 250 371 379 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2019.02.067 Zheng, W. Yates, S.R. Papiernik, S.K. 2008 Transformation

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with the disposal of field-used plastic could influence production costs and fumigation possibilities under plastic in the future. Biodegradable mulches may have a greater role in the future of strawberry production ( DeVetter et al., 2017 ). Small farm

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, Hoboken, NJ Miles, C. Beus, C. Corbin, A. Wallace, R. Wszelaki, A. Saez, H. Walters, T. Leonas, K. Brodhagen, M. Hayes, D. Inglis, D. 2009 Research and extension priorities to ensure adaptation of high tunnels and biodegradable plastic mulch in the United

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design was a split plot with three complete blocks. Two soil management regimes were used in the main plot: bare soil (T) and plastic-cover mulch (P) covered with 120-cm-wide, 25-μm-thick, black, plastic biodegradable matter (Mater-Bi ® , Novament, Italy

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