Special Issue "Soilless Culture, Growing Media and Horticultural Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2020).
Interests: controlled environment agriculture; grafting, growing media; mycorrhiza; product quality of fruit and vegetables; protected cultivation; soilless culture; stress physiology; sustainable horticulture; vegetables
Interests: Wood substrates; Bark substrates; Engineering raw materials; Substrate particle dynamics; Substrate Hydrology; Container plant root growth; Substrate analytical methods
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Horticultural crops, such as vegetables, floral crops, ornamentals, and fruits, have become essential components of aesthetics and nutrition in our daily life. Production technology affects not only the plant growth and yield, but also the overall plant quality, improving in turn the cumulative benefits of plants. Soilless culture systems, as part of extensive and sustainable methods for the future of crop production, has rapidly expanded throughout the world particularly in the areas having shortage of water supply and quality soil. The increased production of crops in controlled environment systems around the globe has been further accelerated by the increased interest in growing small/soft fruit crops, greens, herbs, and Cannabis in soilless container systems. These systems are used in addition for production of hydroponic and pot ornamentals, seedlings and transplants, and for increasing of plant metabolites in medicinal and aromatic plants. Currently, soilless cultures have received a great interest and are used in urban farming, green infrastructure projects which include vertical garden systems, green roofs, and rain gardens. The demand for soilless substrates continues to increase around the world as does the need for novel research to address problems and continue creating opportunities for this industry.
The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research articles addressing recent developments on cultivating horticultural plants in soilless culture and growing media. The present special issue aims to provide contributions from a variety of current relevant topics in the horticultural sciences, physiology, root medium properties, plant propagation, plant nutrition and chemistry, substrate hydrology and physics, compost and waste management, engineering as well as all other research fields familiar with soilless culture and growing media.
Prof. Dr. Nazim Gruda
Assoc. Prof. Brian E. Jackson
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Advances in peat use sustainability
- Advances in urban gardening, green roof technology, and vertical farming
- Asexual propagation and grafting
- Fruit production in container/soilless production
- Growing media additives
- Growing medium
- Increasing of plant metabolites
- LCA and climate change
- Novel inorganic and organic materials as soilless media
- Nutrient Film Technique, hydroponics and aquaponics
- Nutrient solution
- Organic waste management
- Peat alternatives
- Reduction of abiotic and biotic stresses
- Root medium properties and plant nutrition
- Soilless substrates
- Substrate analysis technologies
- Water use efficiency