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Biobased binding material for plant growth substrates

Newson, William and Johansson, Eva (2018). Biobased binding material for plant growth substrates. Alnarp, Sweden: (LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Breeding (from 130101), Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. LTV-fakultetens faktablad ; 2018:6

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Ornamental flower producers call for a more sustainable solution for growing small plants, where fossil based ‘glued plugs’ are currently used. We produced biobased and biodegradable plugs of similar strength as current fossil based ‘glued plugs’. The intention was to use these plugs for growing ornamental plants, such as geraniums and pansies, in greenhouses for later transplanting to larger pots. Strong or so called glued plugs are a prerequisite for successful transplanting of some plants since these species do not grow strong roots. Unfortunately, our strong biobased and biodegradable plugs negatively influenced the root growth of the ornamental plants, and thus are not yet an alternative for ornamental flower production. More work is needed before a commercially interesting sustainable plug is available with enough strength that allows plant root growth for the ornamental flower production industry.

Authors/Creators:Newson, William and Johansson, Eva
Title:Biobased binding material for plant growth substrates
Series Name/Journal:LTV-fakultetens faktablad
Year of publishing :May 2018
Depositing date:28 April 2018
Number of Pages:2
Place of Publication:Alnarp, Sweden
Publisher:Department of Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU/LTJ - Partnership Alnarp
Publication Type:Factsheet
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F02 Plant propagation
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Horticulture
Agrovoc terms:biodegradability, growing media, biopolymers, plant containers, ornamental plants, plastics
Keywords:protein binders, plant substrate, ornamental flower production
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ID Code:15450
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Breeding (from 130101)
External funders:Partnerskap Alnarp
Deposited By: William R. Newson
Deposited On:25 May 2018 07:10
Metadata Last Modified:25 May 2018 08:55

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