This collection provides a comprehensive review of key advances in greenhouse and other forms of protected and controlled environment cultivation.
Chapters discuss developments in types of production systems: greenhouses, net houses, aquaponic and vertical farming systems. A particular focus is on ways of controlling the aerial environment, including lighting and atmosphere control, and on optimising root development, including growing media, irrigation and nutrient management. Chapters also summarise advances in systems monitoring and management, including the use of sensors, decision support systems and robotics to optimise efficiency.
- Reviews advantages and disadvantages of different protected cultivation systems, from greenhouses and net houses to aquaponic and vertical farming systems.
- Detailed assessment of current research on optimising the two main variables in protected cultivation: the aerial environment and root development.
- Particular focus on systems control to optimise product quality and environmental impact.
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"This much anticipated publication, ‘Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation’, will be highly valued by the international protected cropping industry. The subjects explored reflect the modern face of sustainable horticultural production and the book is a key example of the necessary collaboration between the knowledge makers and the knowledge users. It will prove to be a highly beneficial reference for industry and a great example of the publisher’s aim of ‘delivering knowledge for the global scientific community’."
Dr Graeme Smith (CPAg), Graeme Smith Consulting, Australia; Chairman ISHS Working Group – Hydroponics & Aquaponics; Vice Chair ISHS Division – Protected Cultivation and Soilless Culture; Life Member - Protected Cropping Australia; Life Member - Hydroponic Farmers Federation
Table of contents
1.Greenhouse cultivation: present status, recent advances and future developments: Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
Part 1 Production systems
2.Advances in greenhouse design: Juan Montero, formerly IRTA, Spain;
3.Advances in screenhouse design and practice for protected cultivation: Josef Tanny, ARO, Israel;
4.Aquaponic systems for crop cultivation: Beatrix Alsanius, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden;
5.Advances in organic greenhouse cultivation: Martine Dorais, Laval University, Canada;
6.Vertical farming systems: Toyoki Kozai, Chiba University, Japan;
2 Crop management
7.Understanding crop responses to controlled climates in greenhouses: Chieri Kubota, Ohio State University, USA;
8.Developments in growing media for greenhouse cultivation: Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph, Canada;
9.Advances in water/irrigation management in greenhouse cultivation: Stefania De Pascale, University of Naples, Italy;
10.Advances in nutrient management in greenhouse cultivation: Neil Mattson, Cornell University, USA;
11.Advances in pest and disease management in greenhouse cultivation: Gerben Messelink, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
Part 3 System management
12.Automation and robotics in greenhouses: Eldert Van Henten, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
13.Models, sensors and decision support systems in greenhouse cultivation: Oliver Körner, Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany;
14.Assessing the impact of environmental factors on the quality of greenhouse produce: Nazim Gruda, University of Bonn, Germany;
15.Energy saving in greenhouses: Silke Hemming, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
16.Assessing the environmental impact of greenhouse cultivation: Assumpcio Anton, IRTA, Spain;