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Greenhouse and Nursery Water Management Characterization and Research Priorities in the USA

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Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, E-143 P&AS, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, USA
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Department of Plant Sciences, MS6, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8780, USA
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Environmental Horticulture Dept., University of Florida, 1533 Fifield Hall, P.O. Box 110670, Gainesville, FL 32607, USA
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Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2133 TAMU, HFSB Room 202, College Station, TX 77843-2133, USA
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Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 2120 Plant Sciences Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4452, USA
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Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University A288 Plant and Soil Science Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1325, USA
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Water 2019, 11(11), 2338; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112338 (registering DOI)
Received: 2 October 2019 / Revised: 28 October 2019 / Accepted: 5 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Irrigation and Water Resources Management of Landscape Plants)
Nursery, floriculture, and propagation production accounted for 79% ($13.3 Billion) of 2017 ornamental specialty crop production in the United States. Access to high quality water sources is increasingly limited for irrigating these economically significant crops. Given the production, environmental, and economic issues associated with the use of water—including recycled, reclaimed, surface, and ground water—it is critical to develop sustainable runoff, containment, and remediation technologies, and to identify alternative sources of water. To better understand current practices and future water-related needs as perceived by grower stakeholders, an online survey was distributed nationally and five in-depth round table discussion sessions were conducted at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Gulf States Horticultural Expo, California Grown Show, AmericanHort’s Cultivate, and the Farwest Show with a total of 36 individual industry participants. A team of research and extension specialists facilitated by a Specialty Crops Research Initiative Planning Grant (NIFA Project # 2011-51181-30633) analyzed and concisely summarized the results from the survey and the round table discussions. Research priorities related to water management identified by stakeholders revolved around six themes: (1) recycled water infrastructure and management; (2) contaminants; (3) plant health and water quality; (4) water treatment technologies; (5) competing and complementary water uses; (6) societal perception of agricultural water use. View Full-Text
Keywords: irrigation return flow; recycle; runoff; survey; round table discussion; field; container; water quality; water quantity; barriers to adoption; reclaimed water irrigation return flow; recycle; runoff; survey; round table discussion; field; container; water quality; water quantity; barriers to adoption; reclaimed water
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White, S.A.; Owen, J.S.; Majsztrik, J.C.; Oki, L.R.; Fisher, P.R.; Hall, C.R.; Lea-Cox, J.D.; Fernandez, R.T. Greenhouse and Nursery Water Management Characterization and Research Priorities in the USA. Water 2019, 11, 2338.

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