Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables


Dr George Hochmuth is Emeritus Professor of Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Florida, USA. Professor Hochmuth is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science and has published widely on nutrition management and other aspects of fruit and vegetable cultivation. He is co-author of Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers. He is former Director of the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) at the University of Florida.



Publication date:

30 August 2019

Length of book:

500 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762368

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Sustainability involves meeting current needs without compromising the ability to meet future requirements. Like other crops, vegetable cultivation faces a number of challenges in ensuring sustainable production. These challenges include the need to improve yields and quality to meet rising demand and higher consumer expectations, the need to reduce the ongoing threats from pathogens and pests Focussing on temperate cultivation, Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges, from breeding improved varieties to better techniques for cultivation and crop protection.

Part 1 reviews advances in physiology and breeding. Parts 2-3 summarise advances in cultivation and pest management. The final part includes case studies on the breeding and cultivation of key vegetables such as carrot, lettuce and cabbage.

With its distinguished editor and range of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for horticultural scientists in universities, government and other research centres involved in supporting vegetable cultivation, as well as companies supporting the vegetable sector.

Key features

  • Discusses advances in research on vegetable physiology and genetics 
  • Comprehensive review of research on best practice in cultivation, including soil health, pest management as well as organic and protected vegetable cultivation 
  • Wide-ranging coverage of key vegetables such as carrot, lettuce and cabbage

What others are saying...

"Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables brings together current research information and expertise of leading vegetable researchers in Europe and North America… This extensive publication will be an excellent resource for all interested in improving their understanding of sustainable vegetable production technology and practices."
Emeritus Professor Darryl Warncke, Michigan State University, USA

Table of contents

Part 1 Physiology and breeding
1.Advances in understanding vegetable physiology: Felipe Barrios-Masias, University of Nevada, USA;
2.Advances in understanding vegetable responses to abiotic stress: Dietmar Schwarz, Liebniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany;
3.Developments in breeding of vegetables: John Juvik, University of Illinois, USA;

Part 2 Cultivation
4.Advances in irrigation techniques in vegetable cultivation: Tim Coolong, University of Georgia, USA;
5.Advances in understanding soil health for vegetable cultivation: Ajay Nair, Iowa State University, USA;
6.Advances in greenhouse and other protected structures cultivation of vegetables: Martine Dorais, Laval University, Canada;
7.Developments in soilless/hydroponic cultivation of vegetables: Dimitrios Savvas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece;
8.Advances in organic cultivation of vegetables: Xin Zhao, University of Florida, USA;

Part 3 Pests and pathogens
9.Advances in understanding and monitoring diseases of vegetables: Mohammad Babadoost, University of Illinois, USA;
10.Advances in understanding insect pests of vegetables: Ken Sorensen, North Carolina State University, USA;
11.Integrated pest management of vegetables: Joshua Freeman, University of Florida, USA;
12.Advances in understanding pathogenic contamination of vegetables: Max Teplitski, NIFA-USDA, USA;

Part 4 Case studies
13.Advances in carrot breeding: Emmanuel Geoffriau, INRA, France;
14.Advances in carrot cultivation: Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph, Canada;
15.Advances in lettuce breeding: German Sandoya, University of Florida, USA;
16.Advances in lettuce cultivation: Rosemary Collier, University of Warwick, UK;
17.Advances in breeding of cucumbers/other cucurbit: Todd Wehner, North Carolina State University, USA;
18.Advances in cultivation of cucumbers/cucurbits: Alan Walters, Southern Illinois University, USA;
19.Sustainable production of cabbage on plasticulture: Charles E. Barrett, Lucas G. Paranhos, Kati W. Migliaccio, Gary K. England and Lincoln Zotarelli, University of Florida, USA;
20.Advances in breeding of peas: Diego Rubiales, IAS-CSIC, Spain;