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Growing Tomato under Protected Cultivation Conditions: Overall Effects on Productivity, Nutritional Yield, and Pest Incidences

World Vegetable Center, Tainan 74151, Taiwan
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Crops 2021, 1(2), 97-110; https://doi.org/10.3390/crops1020010
Received: 2 August 2021 / Revised: 1 September 2021 / Accepted: 3 September 2021 / Published: 8 September 2021
Tomato continues to be one of the most important crops worldwide, and protected cultivation is practiced to overcome the biotic and abiotic stresses to which the plant are exposed during growth. In this study we evaluated the effect of colored net houses on the growth, yield and nutritional values, as well as the incidence of common pests under three different light conditions: (1) colored (magenta), (2) conventional (white), and open field conditions. A colored net house led the plants to grow taller with higher lycopene content, but recorded a higher number of whiteflies, compared to the conventional net house and open field conditions. Furthermore, plants under protected structures recorded lower SPAD values, but larger terminal leaflets, lower damage by leaf miners, but more damage caused by spider mites compared to those plants grown under open field conditions. Overall, we found that the use of colored net houses provided a positive effect on tomato production in terms of improvement in morphometric parameters, however, to obtain higher yields under this production system, it is important to reduce the elevated temperature and increase the relative humidity inside the protective structures to be adapted for local growing conditions in Taiwan. View Full-Text
Keywords: protected cultivation; light spectral modification; tomatoes; lycopene protected cultivation; light spectral modification; tomatoes; lycopene
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Sotelo-Cardona, P.; Lin, M.-Y.; Srinivasan, R. Growing Tomato under Protected Cultivation Conditions: Overall Effects on Productivity, Nutritional Yield, and Pest Incidences. Crops 2021, 1, 97-110. https://doi.org/10.3390/crops1020010

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Sotelo-Cardona P, Lin M-Y, Srinivasan R. Growing Tomato under Protected Cultivation Conditions: Overall Effects on Productivity, Nutritional Yield, and Pest Incidences. Crops. 2021; 1(2):97-110. https://doi.org/10.3390/crops1020010

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Sotelo-Cardona, Paola, Mei-Ying Lin, and Ramasamy Srinivasan. 2021. "Growing Tomato under Protected Cultivation Conditions: Overall Effects on Productivity, Nutritional Yield, and Pest Incidences" Crops 1, no. 2: 97-110. https://doi.org/10.3390/crops1020010

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