Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Li, Tongyin

Committee Member

Bi, Guihong

Committee Member

Stafne, Eric T.

Committee Member

Cox, Michael S.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 Year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Strawberry cultivar performance affected by various cultural practices was investigated in two production systems. The first study investigated strawberry yield, fruit quality, and production timing of eight cultivars when using black and red plastic mulches in a high tunnel production system. The high tunnel increased air temperatures and advanced strawberry fruiting by four to six weeks compared to local openield production. The second study investigated plant growth, yield, and fruit quality of 10 cultivars fertilized with organic or conventional fertilizer and irrigated once or twice daily with the same total irrigation volume in a container system. Strawberry cultivars varied in their yield and quality variables including soluble solids contents, firmness, and titratible acidity in the two production systems. Mulch color, fertilizer type, and irrigation frequency had varying effects on the growth microenvironment, fruit yield, and certain quality variables.