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Cornell peat-lite mix is an artificial soil medium based on Sphagnum peat moss and vermiculite and is designed to support plant growth through favorable characteristics - water absorption and drainage, aeration, compaction, nutrient conservation, and pH balance. It was developed by James W. Boodley and Raymond Sheldrake Jr. in the 1960s at Cornell University.
James William Boodley was a professor in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University. Raymond Sheldrake, Jr. was a professor emeritus in the Department of Vegetable Crops in the Department of Vegetable Crops, the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
- James W. Boodley and Raymond Sheldrake, Jr. (April, 1982). "Cornell Peat-Lite Mixes for Commercial Plant Growing". Cornell Cooperative Extension Publication, Information Bulletin 43. http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/crops/factsheets/peatlite.pdf
- Boodley J.W. & Sheldrake R. 1963. Artificial soils for commercial plant growing. Cornell Ext. Bull. 1104 IIp.