Special Issue "Innovative Cultivation Techniques to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Vegetables"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Athanasios Koukounaras
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Vegetable Crops, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: vegetables quality; floating system; postharvest handling of leafy vegetables; organic production
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Prof. Dr. Zoran Ilic
Guest Editor
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Pristina, Serbia, Piština, 38219, Lešak, Serbia
Interests: organic vegetables production and quality; postharvest physiology of vegetables; preharvest factors effect on qualiy (especially shadow nets and grafting)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over 800 vegetables species are cultivated worldwide, offering a wide range of commodities with different quality characteristics (appearance and taste). Additionally, over the last years, there has been continuously increasing interest about the nutritional quality of vegetables, as their beneficial contribution to human health, because of their content on health-promoting substances (vitamins, phenolics, carotenoids, etc). On the contrary, vegetables could contain compounds that could be harmful to consumers, such as nitrates or heavy metals. To attend to consumers’ demands is critical in order to answer how preharvest factors are controlling the content of the compounds that contribute to the nutritional quality. The aim of this Issue is the effect of novel, innovative, and cultivation practices and technologies to manage production of vegetables, with a high nutritional value.

Dr. Athanasios Koukounaras
Prof. Dr. Zoran Ilic
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biodiversity
  • fertilization
  • grafting
  • shading nets
  • hydroponics
  • indoor growing systems
  • antioxidants
  • nitrates

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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