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dc.contributor.advisorWalsh, Chris Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorWallis, Anna Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-17T05:33:31Z
dc.date.available2014-10-17T05:33:31Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2QW38
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15945
dc.description.abstractLocal production of lettuce in the Mid-Atlantic utilizing heat-tolerant romaine cultivars and vermicompost soil amendment has the potential to significantly increase sustainability of agriculture. Heat tolerant cultivars would facilitate season extension into the summer. Vermicompost, compost produced using earthworms, may increase yield and quality of lettuce crops. This research tested a system incorporating these two practices. Success was assessed on lettuce yield and quality of lettuce across three seasons (spring, summer, and fall) and food safety risk of vermicompost. Several of the heat tolerant cultivars showed marketing potential when grown in the summer. Vermicompost did not significantly increase lettuce performance, but trends indicate that it may help, especially at higher rates. No food safety risk was associated with tested materials.en_US
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dc.titleLocal lettuce: heat tolerant romaine cultivars and vermicompost soil amendment to increase sustainability in the Mid-Atlanticen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPlant Science and Landscape Architecture (PLSA)en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPlant sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHorticultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcomposten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlactuca sativaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlettuceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlocal agricultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsustainabilityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledvermicomposten_US


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