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Special Issue "Sustainability and Quality in Ornamental Horticulture: Challenges and Perspectives"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020.
Interests: floriculture; ornamental plants; medicinal and aromatic plants; soilless cultivation; biostimulants; nursery management; stress physiology; ornamental quality; postharvest physiology and techniques; phytochemicals.
Cut flowers and ornamental plants are mainly desired for their decorative function. Thus, high-quality products are needed to meet the expectations of customers. Within the last decades, globalisation has had a major impact on the ornamental horticulture industry. The production and market for cut flowers and ornamentals are changing, raising sustainability concerns.
This brings with it challenges and opportunities for growers and the whole supply chain.
Research programs need to apply multidisciplinary approaches to improve existing ornamental crops and develop novel products, as well as new methods of propagation, cultivation, and postharvest handling.
This Special Issue invites original research and reviews developed to understand the current ornamental horticulture challenges, forecast future changes and identify opportunities to grow the overall market.
Prof. Valentina Scariot
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- cut flowers and foliage
- ornamental plants
- open-field cultivation
- protected cultivation
- soilless culture
- lowering control
- plant growth regulation
- supply chain
- environment sustainability
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Sustainability of Ornamental Plant Production in Different Cultivation Areas
Mariani L., Toscano S., Romano D., Ferrante A.
The ornamental plant production is widespread in greenhouses especially in Euro-Mediterranean area. A quantitative assessment of greenhouse energy consumption and of its variability in space and time is strategic to improve the sustainability of cultivation. Ornamental crops grown in greenhouse do not have particular production season since the consumer’s demand is constant through the year. However, the cultivation areas with their environmental parameters can strongly affect the sustainability of the production. A dynamic simulation model of greenhouse energy balance with an hourly time step was developed and parameterized for a state-of-the-art greenhouse to evaluate the lighting and heating requirements for rose flowers crop growing. This ornamental crop has been used as model species, for its wide spreading and high energy requirement for flower induction and development. The energy demand for roses production has been analyzed for the period 1973-2014. Results provide useful information as the roses cultivation has different energy needs for greenhouse production in different sites of the Euro-Mediterranean area with relevant effects on economic and environmental sustainability.