INTEGRATED HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS FOR WATER QUALITY PROTECTION AND WATER CONSERVATION
Project Number: 6618-13000-004-00
Start Date: Feb 26, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2013
1. Gain fundamental knowledge of the plant-substrate-water-nutrient system to identify factors that control effects of chemical stressors and develop irrigation strategies for the efficient and effective application of poor-quality water to ornamental crops.
2. Establish a pilot-scale Algal Turf Scrubber for the purposes of testing the system for treating nursery runoff for excess nutrients and to continue research on composted algae as an alternative substrate.
In team research, conduct fundamental and applied research in the lab and in the field to develop management practices and production systems to conserve water, improve production, and protect the enviroment.