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High Tunnels and Biodegradable Mulch

Project Description

This transdisciplinary research and extension project on Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers (Reference No: 2009-02484; funded by NIFA’s SCRI program) investigated whether experimental and leading commercially-available biodegradable mulches are comparable to conventional black plastic in both high tunnel and open field crop production. During 2010–2012, a team of 17 scientists evaluated biodegradable mulches in a tomato production system in three diverse regions of the U.S.: eastern Tennessee, central Texas, and western Washington. In addition, the team evaluated the adaptability of six lettuce, strawberry and tomato cultivars to high tunnel production in these contrasting environments.

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Project Team Members

Eric Belasco, Economist, Montana State University
Marion Brodhagen, Cellular and Molecular Biologist, Western Washington University
Andrew Corbin, Ecologist and WSU/Snohomish Co. Extension
Suzette Galinato, Economist, WSU Pullman
Doug Hayes, Biosystems Engineer, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Debbie Inglis, Plant Pathologist, WSU NWREC
Jaehoon Lee, Environmental and Soil Physicist, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Karen Leonas, Textile Scientist, WSU Pullman
Hang Liu, Research Intern and Textile Scientist, WSU Pullman
Tom Marsh, Economist, WSU Pullman
Carol Miles, Vegetable Horticulturist, WSU NWREC
Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Soil and Environmental Microbiologist, Texas Tech University
Srinivasa Ponnaluru, Economist, WSU Pullman
Larry Wadsworth, Nonwoven Textiles Scientist, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Russ Wallace, Horticulturist, Texas Agri-Life REC
Tom Walters, Small Fruit Horticulturist, WSU NWREC
Annette Wszelaki, Horticulturist, University of Tennessee-Knoxville