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Plastic Mulches in Small Fruit Production Systems

We have been exploring the application of biodegradable paper and plastic mulches in small fruit production systems since 2014. Our current trans disciplinary and collaborative research is focused on the application of biodegradable plastic mulches in tissue culture (TC) red raspberry for weed management and improved establishment. Research from our program addressing the application of biodegradable plastic mulches in spring-planted day-neutral strawberry is published (see below) and trials in fall-planted day-neutral strawberry are pending.

Fact Sheets and Trade Publications

Scientific Publications (available upon request)

  • Zhang, H., C. Miles, C. Benedict, I. Zasada, and L.W. DeVetter. 2019. Polyethylene and biodegradable plastic mulches improve growth, yield, and yield management in floricane red raspberry. Submitted.
  • DeVetter, L.W., H. Zhang, S. Ghimire, and C.A. Miles. 2017. Plastic biodegradable mulches reduce weeds and promote crop growth in day-neutral strawberry in western Washington. HortScience 52:1700-1706. Cover article.
  • Miles, C.A., S. Ghimire, L.W. DeVetter, and D. Hayes. 2017. Suitability of biodegradable plastic mulches for organic and sustainable agricultural production. HortScience 2(1):10-15.

Commission Reports

Additional Resources

VIDEO – Huan Zhang’s (M.S. Student) video on data collection for the spring-planted BDM project

Data Collection for Spring-Planted Raspberry BDM Trial

Learn more about biodegradable mulches

Our raspberry research is in progress. Learn more about our 2017-2018 findings by the watching the video below. Information is presented by PhD Student, Huan Zhang, at the Washington Small Fruit Conference in 2018.