Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
Master of Science in Biological Sciences (MS)
Administrative Home Department
Department of Biological Sciences
Committee Member 1
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
Committee Member 2
The demand for blueberries has continued to rise over the decades as its popularity has spread in North America and the world. Propagation of new plants to supply new farms and individuals is needed to meet that demand. Here we report the invention of a closed system that was tested by examining the growth of the cuttings (plant length, rooting, and root length) after a one-month period in both the proposed system and a traditional mist system. The proposed system showed a few statistically significant advantages over the traditional mist system with no consistent trend, besides a decrease in wilting of the cuttings and the hypothesis was determined to be inconclusive due to a lack of consistency in the data. The system is comparable to the mist system in maintaining the plants and could be an economically advantageous system due to a reduction in costs of labor and materials.
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Bonifield, Tristan, "A Micro-Environmental System for Fast Propagation of Blueberries", Open Access Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2022.