Special Issue "Controlled-Release Fertilizer"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Donald J. Merhaut

Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
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Interests: plant nutrition, fertilizer and irrigation management, media and substrates for containerized plant production, ornamental and floriculture crop production, Mitigation of fertilizers from watersheds.
Guest Editor
Dr. Eugene K. Blythe

Coastal Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Poplarville, MS 39470, USA
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Interests: plant propagation, fertilizer and irrigation management, ornamental and floriculture crop production, substrates for containerized plant production, statistical methods for agriculture, aromatic plants, horticultural uses of essential oils, ornamental variety trials
Guest Editor
Dr. Joseph P. Albano

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Interests: plant nutrition; substrates for containerized plant production; micronutrients; chelates
Guest Editor
Dr. Yan Chen

Agriculture Center Hammond Research Station, Louisiana State University, Hammond, LA 70403, USA
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Interests: plant nutrient and irrigation management, effects of cultural practices on insect and mite populations, integrated pest management, and use of PGRs in ornamental crop production and the landscape

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Controlled-release fertilizers (CRFs), fertilizer pills coated with either chemical (i.e., sulphur) or synthetic polymer compounds, have been developed to provide slow and steady release of fertilizer during plant growth. Most CRFs have historically been used in containerized plant production. However, with the advent of local, state, and federal regulations to mitigate nutrient (primarily nitrate and phosphate) runoff from agricultural production sites, the use of CRFs has expanded to other agricultural commodities, primarily intensive agriculture with high-value crops.

Objectives
The objectives of this Special Issue of Horticulturae are to: (1) present a review (one manuscript) of the development and future perspectives of CRFs, and (2) address the recent advances in the understanding and development of CRFs in the agricultural industry. We especially want to emphasize the performance (nutrient release, availability and plant uptake) from CRFs in different crop production scenarios (greenhouse, field, containers, and in-ground). We will focus on the container production commodities (ornamental and floriculture crops), as most research has been done in this area. However, we would also like to ask for manuscripts from other scientists that may be investigating the use and applications and efficacy of CRFs in high-value agriculture. Most of the research will be applied, though we will also invite and encourage any basic research associated with CRF technology and use in agriculture.

Audience
The intended audience of this publication will be the academic community, both research and extension. We would like, where possible, to have manuscripts presented in a format that is useful to continued research endeavors associated with this topic. In addition, we would also like to emphasize presentation of results in a manner that will allow the reader to easily develop or implement improved or Best Management Practices (BMPs) for their industry.

Dr. Donald J. Merhaut
Dr. Eugene K. Blythe
Dr. Joseph P. Albano
Dr. Yan Chen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • controlled-release fertilizer
  • nutrient runoff
  • nutrient release
  • fertilizer management
  • nutrient uptake efficiency

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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