Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Hill

Degree Award Date

Spring 1994


Fertility Program, Lycopersicum esculentum, tomatoes, agriculture, horticulture, fruit production, crop management




Valuable experience and knowledge in the fields of agriculture and horticulture were gained through the following three-part research endeavor. Although all three aspects of the project were inextricably interrelated, it is possible to distinguish each one separately, as follows, to facilitate the discussion and analysis of research. 1) The organization and supervision of commercial vegetable production in coordination with 2) the trialing of new cultivars and 3) the development of an optimal fertility program for a specific crop. To ensure in depth analysis of all relevant factors, the study was limited to one economically significant species, Lycopersicum esculentum.

The methods and procedures employed throughout the study can be organized according to the corresponding three main subdivisions: 1) Fundamental knowledge and general practices of commercial fruit production and crop management, 2) Comprehensive observations of various differences between cultivars, and procedures of crop-specific fertility product development and application (from the earliest step of obtaining components through application to crop), and 3) Analysis and study of specific nutrient requirements, uptake processes, common fungal and bacterial pathogens, and plant and insect pests unique to L. esculentum in both field and controlled environment conditions.