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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Testing Alternatives to Methyl Bromide Fumigation in Southern Forest Tree Nurseries
William A. Carey
1996: Gatlinburg, TN
In the southern United States, most bareroot forest tree seedlings are produced in nurseries with average annual productions of over 21 million seedlings. Just two species of southern pine, Loblolly (Pinus taeda) and Slash (P. elliottii) account for more than 90% of these seedlings (Carey and Kelley 1993). Most of these nurseries regularly use soil fumigation with methyl bromide (MBr) to control specific, persistent, disease and insect pests, weeds, and a spectrum of usually unidentified agents that otherwise reduce seed efficiency and seedling size in non-fumigated beds.

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