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Home Publications Nursery Manuals Forest Nursery Manual—Bareroot Chapter 28: Designing Nursery Experiments

Chapter 28: Designing Nursery Experiments

Nursery managers face a wide variety of problems that lend themselves to research methods. This chapter (1) describes fundamental statistical concepts—inference, replication, randomization; (2) discusses methods for controlling experimental error—pairing, blocking, split-plot design, covariance—to increase the sensitivity of experiments; and (3) traces the research process applied to forest-tree nurseries-defining problems, designing and conducting experiments, and implementing solutions based on sound Interpretation of data. Combining the statistical concepts presented here with personal experience and biological intuition strengthens the nursery researcher's ability to meet the major goal—and challenge—of nursery research: to develop new methods for producing highquality seedlings at low cost.

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Author(s): Timothy L. White

Publication: Nursery Manuals - Forest Nursery Manual—Bareroot