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in horticulture, an establishment or area for the propagation, breeding, and early cultivation of plants. In North America the term nursery originally specified a place where hardy woody plants, especially fruit trees, were started; but as the market for and interest in new varieties of garden plants increased, nurseries broadened their province to include the cultivation and development of all types of plants, including tropical varieties and annuals, and their sale either as seedlings ready for planting or as seeds. Until the advent of artificial irrigation and the use of vast greenhouses to control temperature, nurseries depended on natural conditions for success—as did the bulb nurseries of Holland, which were long famous for flowers and ornamental plants.

The modern nursery, staffed by horticulture experts and equipped with facilities for both experimental and mass production, supplies home gardeners, flower and fruit growers, farmers, and foresters with seeds and seedlings of specified qualities. Under nursery conditions varieties of plants have been bred that have greater yields and are hardier, longer blooming, and more disease resistant than those grown in the ordinary farm or garden, where controlled selection and hybridization is usually impractical (see plant breedingplant breeding,
science of altering the genetic pattern of plants in order to increase their value. Increased crop yield is the primary aim of most plant-breeding programs; advantages of the hybrids and new varieties developed include adaptation to new agricultural areas,
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). Graftinggrafting,
horticultural practice of uniting parts of two plants so that they grow as one. The scion, or cion, the part grafted onto the stock or rooted part, may be a single bud, as in budding, or a cutting that has several buds.
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 and buddingbudding,
type of grafting in which a plant bud is inserted under the bark of the stock (usually not more than a year old). It is best done when the bark will peel easily and the buds are mature, as in spring, late summer, or early autumn.
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 are also commonly used by nurseries to produce superior plants, and some plants are now propagated from cells grown in a sterile medium.

nursery

1. A room or place set apart for small children.
2. A place where plants, shrubs, and small trees are grown, usually for transplanting elsewhere.

nursery

1. a place where plants, young trees, etc., are grown commercially
2. an establishment providing residential or day care for babies and very young children; cr?che
3. short for nursery school
4. Billiards
a. a series of cannons with the three balls adjacent to a cushion, esp near a corner pocket
b. a cannon in such a series
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Facility nursery pigs showed an earlier peak in THP compared to the calorimeter results, perhaps due to different feeding behaviors.
Because respiratory problems in nursery pigs continued, nasal swabs specimens from 20 nursery pigs and finishing pigs, gilts (young females), and sows (10 per group) with clinical signs were submitted to the diagnostic laboratory by the end of December 2009.
Performance of nursery pigs using a rectangle, round or wet/dry feeder.
PIG WEIGHT MANURE PRODUCTION STAGE OF PRODUCTION LB KG LB/DAY CU FT/DAY GAL/DAY Nursery pig 35 16 2.
Estimation of the ideal ratio of true ileal digestible sulfur amino acids:lysine in 8- to 26-kg nursery pigs.
Dove (1995) in a nutrient balance study with weanling pigs, evaluated the effect of Cu supplementation on the ability of nursery pigs utilize nutrients from diets containing 0 or 5% supplemental animal fat.
In the current study, blood creatinine concentration was decreased significantly in nursery pigs fed PROT diet but RBC, WBC, lymphocyte, IgG, and BUN levels were similar to the CON group.
2014) conducted two experiments to test the effect of dietary L-Met supplementation on growth performance and gut health in nursery pigs compared with DL-Met containing a basal diet (0.
Mannan oligosaccharide improves immune responses and growth efficiency of nursery pigs experimentally infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.
4] (125 to 250 mg/kg) is routinely added in nursery pigs as a growth promoter and its benefits on feed intake and weight gain have been well documented (Bunch et al.