Special Issue "Management of Crops Fertigation"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil and Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. María Teresa Lao Arenas
Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy, Universidad de Almería (UAL), 04120 La Cañada, Almería, Spain
Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, 20203 Cartagena, Spain
Interests: vegetable crops; protected cultivation; cultivation techniques; soilless culture; vegetable grafting; plant genetic resources; abiotic stress
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Dr. Pedro Garcia-Caparros
Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy, Universidad de Almería (UAL), 04120 La Cañada, Almería, Spain
Interests: horticulture; nutrient management; fertigation management; abiotic stress tolerance; environmental impact assessment; soil science; wastewater; plant nutrition; crop physiology; fertilizers; nitrogen; light management in horticulture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fertigation is a technique that involves the application of soluble fertilizers in irrigation water. Fertilizers are normally applied by localized irrigation to offer a precise application of nutrients according to the nutritional requirements of the crop, aiming to increase yield. Fertigation is used both in soil cultivation and hydroponic systems and in conventional and organic systems. Within this framework, different aspects have been extensively studied, especially those related to the morphological, physiological, and productive responses to plant nutrition and the use of dynamic diagnostic tools such as sap analysis, suction probes, etc. The application forms of macro and micronutrients are of special interest in use efficiency (UE) studies related to the application of fertilizers (NUE, PUE, and KUE). Finally, the influence of fertigation on the polluting capacity in these productive systems and the possible methods of mitigating the effects are other aspects to consider.

This Special Issue aims to collect research papers and reviews focusing on the fertigation of horticultural crops: fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. Therefore, research articles, reviews, short notes, and opinion articles related to inorganic and organic fertilizers used in fertigation; application and management of the nutrient solution; fertilizer use efficiency; diagnosis methods for adequate fertigation management; analytical, physiological, biochemical, and molecular biology of nutritional effects; and systems to palliate pollution  are welcome in this Special Issue. 

Dr. María Teresa Lao Arenas
Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández
Dr. Pedro Garcia-Caparros
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • fertilizers
  • ornamental plants
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • aromatic plants
  • leachates
  • nutrient efficiencies
  • nutrient solutions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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