|Wilson, P. Chris|
Submitted to: American Phytopathological Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/23/2006
Publication Date: 8/1/2006
Citation: Owen, J.S., Albano, J.P., Warren, S.L., Bilderback, T.E., Fare, D.C., Klaine, S.J., Whitwell, T., Wilson, P., Yeager, T.H., Catanzaro, C.J. 2006. Environmental resource management for horticulture crop production, water quality protection and water conservation. American Phytopathological Society. 96:S147 Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Ornamental production often occurs in areas where urban communities, agriculture, and sensitive ecosystems are in close proximity to each other. Due to these geographical constraints, increasing demands on potable water resources, and the total maximum daily loads enforced by regulatory agencies, the need to use water and nutrients efficiently and to control their onsite and offsite movement has become increasingly important. Through the matrix of the USDA Floral and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI), a research team representing four universities and two USDA-ARS locations was formed. The broad objectives of the FNRI-Environmental Resource Management project are to develop economically feasible production systems and management practices that promote water conservation and protect water quality while sustaining or improving crop quality, production, and profitability. Specific objectives include: 1. Improving water and nutrient use efficiency, 2. Capturing and recycling runoff from irrigation, and 3. Remediation of runoff water containing excess nutrients prior to offsite discharge. Together, the project takes a whole-systems approach to environmental resource management as the "dots" are connected from the fertilizer that leaves the grower’s hand, to the runoff that leaves the nursery. Details of these projects will be discussed in the presentation.