NMSU evaluating plastic beverage bottles as alternative to seedling containers

New Mexico State University researchers are finding ways to use plastic beverage bottles as nursery seedling containers in developing countries. Owen Burney, NMSU assistant professor and superintendent of the John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center, was a part of a project in Kabul, Afghanistan that used discarded plastic beverage bottles to grow forest seedlings. “Discarded plastic beverage bottles are a major problem around the world,” Burney said. “If this study proves successful, it is a positive step in reducing the impacts of plastic bottles on the environment not only in developing countries, but industrialized nations as well.”

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