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Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice

Plant production in hydroponics and soilless culture is rapidly expanding throughout the world, raising a great interest in the scientific community. For the first time in an authoritative reference book, authors cover both theoretical and practical aspects of hydroponics (growing plants without the use of soil). This reference book covers the state-of-the-art in this area, while offering a clear view of supplying plants with nutrients other than soil. Soilless Culture provides the reader with an understanding of the properties of the various soiless media and how these properties affect plant performance in relation to basic horticultural operations, such as irrigation and fertilization. This book is ideal for agronomists, horticulturalists, greenhouse and nursery managers, extension specialists, and people involved with the production of plants.

Agronomists, horticulturalists, farmers, practitioners confronting problems

Hardbound, 608 Pages

Published: December 2007

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-52975-6


  • PrefaceChapter 1: Significance of soilless culture in agricultureChapter 2. Functions of the root system Chapter 3: Physical characteristics of soilless media.Chapter 4: Irrigation in Soilless ProductionChapter 5. Technical equipment in soilless production systemsChapter 6: Chemical characteristics of soilless mediaChapter 7: Analytical methods used in soilless cultivation Chapter 8: Nutrition of Substrate-Grown PlantsChapter 9. Fertigation management and crops response to solution recycling in semi closed greenhousesChapter 10: Pathogen detection and management strategies in soilless plant growing systemsChapter 11. Organic Soilless Media ComponentsChapter 12: Inorganic and Synthetic Organic Components of Soilless Culture and Potting MixesChapter 13: Growing plants in soilless culture: Operational conclusionsIndexes


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