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American Society for Horticultural Science

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Enhanced seasonal production methods on the horizon for popular fruit

Researchers investigated the flowering characteristics and canopy composition of yellow pitaya in subtropical Taiwan. The study reported on the relative position where the floral buds emerged on shoots at different ages within the canopy, and compared fruit size and quality during different seasons. The researchers suggested ways to increase winter fruit production by enhancing growth of the current year's new shoots through canopy management, and increasing the size of summer fruit through recommended practices.

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Gravity model helps researchers recommend marketing strategies

A study of the U.S. nursery trade used augmented gravity models to investigate the primary factors affecting large and small nurseries. Data showed that the impact of distance on trade value was different between large nurseries and small nurseries, and indicated that the impact of distance has decreased over time. The authors recommended that small nurseries should target wholesale market channels, while large nurseries should target retail channels to increase trade value.

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Methods found 'marginally profitable' for late-season production of local strawberries

Day-neutral cultivars, high tunnels, low tunnels, and targeted heating were investigated in Utah to extend the availability of local strawberries. Four cultivars were spring planted in an annual hill system, both inside and outside high tunnels. Low tunnels and targeted root zone heating were tested in replicated plots inside high tunnels. Analysis showed that growing some cultivars in high tunnels was marginally profitable, whereas field production at the location would be a money-losing venture.

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Shrimp water beats vermicompost for pepper production

A study evaluated the effect of waste shrimp water, vermicompost (alone or in combination with shrimp water), controlled-release fertilizer, and water-soluble fertilizer on bell peppers. Plants fertilized with the chemical fertilizers produced the most peppers per plant and the heaviest peppers. The combination of vermicompost and shrimp water yielded more peppers than the control. Shrimp water alone had better yields than vermicompost. None of the alternatives matched the nutrient availability of the chemical fertilizers.

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Fungi enhances nutrient uptake, reduces nutrient leaching for native California nursery plants

Researchers investigated the effects of mycorrhizal colonization on nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) leaching from plants grown in nursery containers. The experiment showed that mycorrhizal colonization increased growth and nutrient uptake of two native California plants. The authors recommend mycorrhizal inoculation of these nursery container plants to reduce N and P leaching and decrease fertilizer application rates.

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