Special Issue "The Quality of Vegetables Produced under Controlled Modules in Urban Environments"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Horticultural and Floricultural Crops".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marios Kyriacou
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Guest Editor
Department of Vegetable Crops, Agricultural Research Institute, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: horticulture; vegetable science; grafting; microgreens; fruit and vegetable quality; ripening physiology; postharvest physiology; carbohydrate metabolism; phytochemicals; functional compounds
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Dr. Georgios Soteriou
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Guest Editor
Department of Vegetable Crops, Agricultural Research Institute, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: vegetable science; hydroponics; plant nutrition; microgreens; grafting; biofortification; vegetable quality related to preharvest factors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human health has been associated with a diet rich in vegetables, mostly due to their high nutritional value and functional potential. The latter in combination with a number of physicochemical and organoleptic characteristics determines the quality of vegetables. In recent years, there has been great interest in improving the nutritional and functional value of vegetables without compromising the organoleptic characteristics of the final product. The factors that can potentially affect the quality of vegetables include genotype differentiation, microclimate factors, such as air and root-zone temperature, light conditions (quality, intensity, and photoperiod), carbon dioxide enrichment, vapour pressure deficit, and innovative management practices such as salinity eustress, nutrient solution management, and biofortification. Efficient control of these factors can only be achieved under fully controlled modules. Growth modules in agricultural and especially in urban areas could be a real alternative to traditional agriculture. Particular attention will be given to growth modules in urban areas that shorten the supply chain and substantiate the motto ‘from farm to table’. Promising crops for growing in modules could be fruit vegetables, baby leaf vegetables, edible flowers, and microgreens.

This Special Issue invites the submission of original research papers, opinions, review papers, and perspectives examining the main factors implicated in the modulation of nutritional, functional, and organoleptic quality of vegetables grown under indoor controlled modules in urban environments.

Dr. Marios Kyriacou
Dr. Georgios Soteriou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biofortification
  • salinity eustress
  • functional quality
  • nutritional quality
  • indoors modules
  • urban agriculture
  • hydroponics
  • plant biostimulants
  • phytochemicals
  • microgreens
  • floating system
  • specialty crops

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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