Special Issue "The Next Generation of Fresh Vegetables Linking Sustainability and Produce Quality Design"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rosario Paolo Mauro
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Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A) – University of Catania Via Valdisavoia, 5 – 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: agronomic management in horticulture and floriculture, breeding of horticultural crops, crop physiology, vegetables quality, secondary metabolites
Dr. Carlo Nicoletto
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Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE) University of Padua, Agripolis Campus, Viale dell’Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro, PD, Italy
Interests: Vegetables production; Qualitative characterization of vegetables; Flowering induction and physiology of chicory (Cichorium intybus); Influence of agronomical practices on vegetables quality; Qualitative evaluation of berries, post-harvest storage and packaging; Aromatic plants and essential oils production; Antioxidant compounds and functional foods; Ozone application and water management; Aquaponics
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Dear Colleagues,

In the light of the challenges brought along by climate change and vast rise in global population, the role of horticulture in ensuring food security and quality has become a pivotal subject. Fresh vegetables are key constituents of the modern diet, and their consumption is recommended to promote and improve the quality of life from health and nutritional viewpoints. Current statistics confirm that the consumption of fresh vegetables is constantly increasing in many regions of the world. Consequently, concerns about the sustainability of future production, together with the greater demand for high-quality fresh products, require the development of horticultural systems that are skilled in optimizing resource utilization and providing products suitable for consumers with growing needs. For these reasons, a new scientific approach that combines these two critical features of the current global context—the need to produce fresh vegetables in a sustainable way and to improve their qualitative and functional traits—is required.

Based on these challenges, this Special Issue welcomes original research papers, short communications, and review articles that provide insight on all topics related to sustainability and product quality design in horticultural systems. The focus is on the agronomical, environmental, technological and nutritional issues involved in meeting the high demands of consumers for fresh vegetables with long-term sustainability, convenience, and economic competitiveness.

Dr. Rosario Paolo Mauro
Dr. Carlo Nicoletto
Guest Editors

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  • fresh vegetables
  • sustainable production
  • resource utilization
  • horticultural systems
  • food quality
  • vegetable composition
  • cultivation techniques
  • post-harvest technologies.

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Yield and Quality of Faba Bean (Vicia faba L. var. major) Genotypes as a Vegetable for Fresh Consumption: A Comparison between Italian Landraces and Commercial Varieties
Agriculture 2019, 9(12), 253; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9120253 - 29 Nov 2019
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Legumes crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. In this study, we evaluated both some quality traits and yield of four landraces (Cegliese, Iambola, San Francesco, and FV5) of faba bean (Vicia faba L. [...] Read more.
Legumes crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. In this study, we evaluated both some quality traits and yield of four landraces (Cegliese, Iambola, San Francesco, and FV5) of faba bean (Vicia faba L. var. major Harz) for fresh consumption in order to assess and distinguish the landraces also in comparison with two commercial varieties (Aguadulce supersimonia and Extra-early purple) by using a crop system without irrigation. Independently of the genotype, we obtained the same pods yield (1794 g m−2) without affecting the seed size. All genotypes can be considered a good source of vitamin C, although Extra-early purple and San Francesco reveal the highest content (703 and 646 mg 100 g−1 fresh weight—FW, respectively). Cegliese showed the highest L-dopa content (10.14 mg 100 g−1 FW), suggesting its use as a natural rich source of L-dopa (dopamine precursor used for Parkinson’s disease treatment) instead of using synthesized L-dopa. In conclusion, this study highlight interesting quality traits of faba bean when consumed as fresh vegetables, suggesting its positive role on human health and the possibility of its production by using local horticultural systems that are skilled in optimizing resource utilization. Full article
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