Strawberries are cultivated either in open fields or in greenhouses. Many types of polyethylene films (plastics) are utilized in heating, water conservation, and plant protection, which all affect plant and fruit development. Different types of plastics are also used during field cultivation for overhead covering and protection. Strawberry fruiting fields may be completely protected by plasticulture, whether grown under low tunnels (cloches) or walk-in greenhouses. Drip-irrigation using plastic piping is widely used during all stages of strawberry production, primarily to conserve water, but also to reduce moisture and consequent disease incidence.
- Fragaria xananassa Duch
- Fungal pathogens