Location: Crops Pathology and Genetics ResearchTitle: TIF film, substrates and nonfumigant soil disinfestation maintain fruit yields Author
Submitted to: California Agriculture
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2013
Publication Date: 8/1/2013
Publication URL: : http://californiaagriculture.ucanr.edu/ landingpage.cfm?article=ca.v067n03p138&fulltext=yes doi: 10.3733/ca.v067n03p139
Citation: Fennimore, S.A., Serohijos, R., Samtani, J.B., Ajwa, H.A., Subbarao, K.V., Martin, F.N., Daugovish, O., Legard, D., Browne, G.T., Muramoto, J., Shennan, C., Klonsky, K. 2013. TIF film, substrates and nonfumigant soil disinfestation maintain fruit yields. California Agriculture. 67(3):139-145. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: A 5-year project to facilitate the adoption of strawberry production systems that do not use methyl bromide initially focused on fumigant alternatives and resulted in increased use of barrier films that reduce fumigant emissions. The focus shifted in year 3 to evaluating and demonstrating nonfumigant alternatives: soilless production, biofumigation, anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) and disinfestation with steam. In the 2010-2011 strawberry production season, fruit yields on substrates were comparable to fruit yields using conventional methods. Anaerobic soil disinfestation and steam disinfestation also resulted in fruit yields that were comparable to those produced using conventionally fumigated soils. Additional work is in progress to evaluate their efficacy in larger-scale production systems in different strawberry production districts in California.