Moving Toward Sustainability with Alternative Containers for Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Production: A Review and Research Update Conference Paper uri icon


  • Market researchers have found that nursery and greenhouse production practices that reduce plastic use can increase consumer interest. However, there are broader crop performance, production efficiency, and environmental factors that must be considered before adopting containers made with alternative materials. This review highlights current commercially available alternative containers and parent materials. In addition, findings from recent and ongoing nursery, greenhouse, and landscape trials are synthesized, identifying common themes, inconsistencies, research gaps, and future research needs.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Nambuthiri, S., Fulcher, A., Koeser, A. K., Geneve, R., & Niu, G.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Nambuthiri, Susmitha||Fulcher, Amy||Koeser, Andrew K||Geneve, Robert||Niu, Genhua

publication date

  • February 2015