Special Issue "Strategies and Practices of Fertilization Management of Horticultural Crops"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tomo Miloševíć
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Guest Editor
Department of Fruit Growing and Viticulture, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Kragujevac, 32000 Čačak, Serbia
Interests: pomology; fruit growing technology; pome and stone fruits; fertilization; fruit quality
Dr. Nebojša Milošević
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Guest Editor
Department of Pomology and Fruit Breeding, Fruit Research Institute Čačak, 32000 Čačak, Serbia
Interests: fruit breeding; pomology; fruit growing technology; plum cultivars, fruit quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, the production of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, aromatics, medicinal, and flower plants) has increased rapidly worldwide. The reasons for the large increase in the production of horticultural crops are numerous, but the most important are the raising of new plantations in countries that have not previously had significant production and the improvement of growing technology in countries that are traditionally large producers. New cultivation technologies, including fertilization, are key factors that have contributed to the achievement of the high productivity and quality described above. Previously, traditional fruit growing was based on the natural soil fertility and application of mineral (especially nitrogen) fertilizers in large quantities. This inevitably led to the degradation and devastation of soil, the reduction or loss of fertility, and the contamination of soil, water, air, and of course fruits and vegetables. Such fruits are not safe for consumption. This should add to the high price of mineral fertilizers that significantly burden the costs of production of horticultural crops. More recently, the agronomic professions and agronomic science have been facing great challenges in horticultural plant fertilization. The new doctrine of fertilizing horticultural crops is based on exact and precise models that contribute to the rational application of organic, organomineral, and mineral fertilizers, as well as soil conditioners such as natural zeolites, to obtain high and regular productivity and fruit quality without any risks to human health or environmental pollution and, of course, a drastic reduction of production costs. Only then can one consciously draw up a nutrient balance for a given horticultural crop according to the principle “as much as necessary, as little as possible.”

This Special Issue of Horticulturae will provide new strategies and practices from the most significant research carried out in the field of fertilization of horticultural crops in order to improve their quality and enable their economically justified and sustainable production without presenting risks to human health or environmental pollution.

Prof. Dr. Tomo Miloševíć
Dr. Nebojša Milošević
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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Keywords

  • horticultural crops
  • fertilization
  • sustainable production
  • quality
  • yield

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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