Selected Papers from the 1st International Electronic Conference on Horticulturae (IECHo2022)

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 2659

Special Issue Editors

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
CEBAS-CSIC, Group of Soil Enzimology and Biorremediation and Organic Wastes, Campus de Espinardo, E-30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: microbial ecology; microbial diversity; biodiversity; fungal community; bacterial community; soil quality; soil organic matter
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Horticulturae: “Sustainable Advances in Horticulture for Producing More with Less in the New Challenging World” (, to be held on 3–17 February 2022. We are looking forward to seeing you at our event. The Special Issue will publish selected papers from the Proceedings volume associated with our event on, an online platform for hosting scholarly e-conferences and discussion groups.

Through the 1st Electronic Conference on Horticulturae, we aim to promote and advance the exciting and rapidly changing field of horticulture. The conference will include several special sections which embrace the most important research opportunities in Horticultural Science. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in vegetable production systems;
  • Advances in fruit production systems;
  • New trends on medicinal, herbs, and specialty crops;
  • The hidden potential of urban horticulture;
  • Organic horticulture;
  • Propagation and seeds in a globalized world;
  • How to increase plant nutrition with no negative effect on the environment;
  • Overcoming abiotic and biotic stress;
  • Managing new plant pest and diseases;
  • Outreach, extension, and education on horticulture advances.

Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández
Dr. José Antonio Pascual
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Horticulturae 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 2200 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.


  • sustainable plant nutrition
  • beneficial microorganisms for a sustainable agriculture
  • protected horticulture
  • postharvest technology
  • biotic stress: plant pest and diseases
  • abiotic stress: salinity, drought, and climate change
  • water irrigation management
  • soil management for horticulture
  • soil fertility
  • rhizosphere
  • soil–plant interaction
  • substrates for horticulture production
  • soilless culture
  • new crops and their proposed management
  • understanding horticulture through crop physiology studies
  • urban farming vs. urban horticulture

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


22 pages, 383 KiB  
Fertilization of Pot-Grown Cichorium spinosum L.: How It Can Affect Plant Growth, Chemical Profile, and Bioactivities of Edible Parts?
by Nikolaos Polyzos, Beatriz H. Paschoalinotto, Maria Compocholi, José Pinela, Sandrina A. Heleno, Ricardo C. Calhelha, Maria Inês Dias, Lillian Barros and Spyridon A. Petropoulos
Horticulturae 2022, 8(10), 890; - 29 Sep 2022
Cited by 4 | Viewed by 1384
Cichorium spinosum L. is a perennial wild edible plant that is usually found near the coasts of the Mediterranean basin. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of the fertilization regime on the growth and chemical profile of pot-grown C. spinosum plants, [...] Read more.
Cichorium spinosum L. is a perennial wild edible plant that is usually found near the coasts of the Mediterranean basin. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of the fertilization regime on the growth and chemical profile of pot-grown C. spinosum plants, as well as the effect of extraction protocol (aqueous and hydroethanolic extracts on bioactive properties). For this purpose, plants were fertilized via a nutrient solution that differed in the amounts (mg/L) of N:P:K, e.g., 100:100:100 (C111), 200:100:100 (C211), 200:200:200 (C222), 300:100:100 (C311), 300:200:200 (C322), and 300:300:300 (C333) mg/L of N:P:K, as well as a control treatment with no fertilizer added (C0). The fertilization regime had a beneficial effect on the growth parameters of spiny chicory, while it improved its nutritional value, as indicated by the polyunsaturated (PUFA)/saturated (SFA) ratio being higher than 0.45 and the omega-6 (n-6)/omega-3 (n-3) ratio being lower than 4.0. Seven phenolic compounds were detected, including two phenolic acids and five flavonoids, while a varied composition was recorded depending on the fertilization regime and the extraction protocol. In regards to the studied bioactive parameters, antioxidant activity was significantly affected by the applied fertilizers and the extraction protocol, while there was no significant effect on the cytotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, and anti-inflammatory activity. The antimicrobial properties of C. spinosum showed varying trends depending on the bacterial strain, the fertilization regime, and the extraction protocol, whereas we recorded the extracts’ weak antifungal activity against the studied fungi. In conclusion, even though the fertilization of C. spinosum plants had beneficial effects on growth and nutritional value, a significant effect of the extraction protocol on the chemical profile and bioactivities of the edible leaves was also recorded, indicating the application of tailor-made fertilization regimes combined with the most suitable extraction method for the achievement of high-quality final products. Full article
Back to TopTop