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“How the strawberry became America’s most unsustainable fruit”- Marvin Pritts

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 12:20pm

Plant Science Building, 404

Marvin Pritts
Professor, Horticulture, Cornell University

Research Focus

My research is focused on developing sustainable production methods for berry crops. A major focus is on environmental modifications, primarily using high and low tunnels, to produce tender crops (e.g. blackberries) in colder climates, and to extend the season into fall for strawberries and raspberries. Managing weeds is a major challenge for berry growers and using non-herbicidal approaches (such as integrating cover crops and reduce tillage planting systems) is a significant component of my research program. Also, using cultural practices to reduce damage from pests (e.g. black root rot, Phytophthora root rot, tarnished plant bug) is another facet of my research. Finally, I am interested in better understanding some of the basic physiological responses of berry crops to the environment and developing ways to improve plant growth and productivity.

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Horticulture, Sustainability


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Tara Reed

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Marvin Pritts

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Cornell University

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