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Naveen Hyder, James J. Sims, and Stephen N. Wegulo

resource ( Masago et al., 1977 ; Meerow, 1994 ; Prasad, 1997 ). It has been demonstrated that coir can suppress certain soilborne plant pathogens ( Candole and Evans, 2004 ; van der Gaag and Wever, 2005 ). Combining the disease-suppressive properties of

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Jennifer Reeve and Dan Drost

). Although not significant, soil microbial biomass under organic management was 128% greater in this study. Overall microbial activity may be more important in nutrient cycling and disease-suppressive properties than the total size of the microbial biomass

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Zhengli Zhai, David L. Ehret, Tom Forge, Tom Helmer, Wei Lin, Martine Dorais, and Athanasios P. Papadopoulos

suggested that fish emulsion had both nutritive value for plant growth as well as disease-suppressive properties and thus might be useful for organic or conventional transplant production. Organic residues act not only as a source of nutrients and organic