Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings

Chieri Kubota, Mark A Kroggel, Damian Solomon, Leo Benne

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of vegetable growers purchase their transplants from specialized transplant producers instead of using their own facilities to grow their own transplants. A drawback of purchasing transplants is the risk of deterioration to transplants during transportation from transplant producers to the growers. This limits the market size, as well as the potential sources of high quality transplants. To optimize the transportation conditions that can minimize/eliminate the negative impact of transportation on the transplants and thereby on the early yield, environmental conditions during a 2-day transportation in temperature-controlled trailers were analyzed to detect spatial variation and time course environmental changes inside trailers. The trailers were filled with 6 to 8 week old tomato grafted seedlings. Transplant quality and early fruit development were surveyed at the hydroponic tomato growers' site for seedlings transported at different temperatures. Reducing air temperature inside the trailer to 12oC from the conventional 18oC significantly improved the development of flower and fruits of the first truss. Optimizing environmental conditions is critical for successful long distance transportation of quality seedlings for fresh vegetable production in greenhouse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActa Horticulturae
Pages227-234
Number of pages8
Volume659
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
Volume659
ISSN (Print)05677572

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trailers
tomatoes
seedlings
growers
fruiting
environmental factors
raw vegetables
vegetable growing
purchasing
hydroponics
spatial variation
air temperature
temperature
vegetables
deterioration
markets
flowering
greenhouses

Keywords

  • Controlled environment
  • Flower abortion
  • Grafted seedlings
  • Illumination
  • Photosynthesis
  • Temperature
  • Transplant production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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Kubota, C., Kroggel, M. A., Solomon, D., & Benne, L. (2004). Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings. In Acta Horticulturae (Vol. 659, pp. 227-234). (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 659).

Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings. / Kubota, Chieri; Kroggel, Mark A; Solomon, Damian; Benne, Leo.

Acta Horticulturae. Vol. 659 2004. p. 227-234 (Acta Horticulturae; Vol. 659).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kubota, C, Kroggel, MA, Solomon, D & Benne, L 2004, Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings. in Acta Horticulturae. vol. 659, Acta Horticulturae, vol. 659, pp. 227-234.
Kubota C, Kroggel MA, Solomon D, Benne L. Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings. In Acta Horticulturae. Vol. 659. 2004. p. 227-234. (Acta Horticulturae).
Kubota, Chieri ; Kroggel, Mark A ; Solomon, Damian ; Benne, Leo. / Analyses and optimization of long distance transportation conditions for high quality tomato seedlings. Acta Horticulturae. Vol. 659 2004. pp. 227-234 (Acta Horticulturae).
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