Special Issue "Agricultural Infrastructure"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Chrysanthos Maraveas
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Patra 26500, Greece
Interests: Structural Fire Engineering; Elevated temperature material properties; Heritage Structures; Farm structures & materials; Tanks; Thin-walled structures; Bridge Engineering; Steel Structures; Sustainable materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue covers a wide range of agricultural infrastructure. It covers (but not limited) irrigation, roads and transportation, equipment and machinery, infrastructure for precision agriculture, buildings and greenhouses, energy production, institutional infrastructure, waste management.

 
Farmers and ranchers depend on reliable infrastructure to deliver their products and expand their operations. Agricultural infrastructure has the potential to transform the existing traditional agriculture or subsistence farming into a most modern, commercial and dynamic farming system. It is a critical sector in terms of economic growth and development and sustainable food production. It includes water resources (irrigation), land development, agricultural roads and other transportation infrastructure, agricultural equipment, machinery and information systems, building infrastructure (greenhouses, warehouses, small industries connected with agricultural production, silos, tanks etc.), energy production for/from agriculture, institutional infrastructure (agricultural research, extension & education technology, information and communication services, financial services, marketing, etc.), agricultural waste management systems, etc.


Dr. Chrysanthos Maraveas
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Agriculture irrigation
  • Agricultural roads and other transportation infrastructure
  • Agricultural equipment, machinery and information systems
  • Agricultural building infrastructure
  • Energy production for or from agriculture
  • Institutional infrastructure
  • Agricultural Waste Management infrastructures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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.

Title: Medicinal plants under screen house effects bioactive compounds in herb liqueurs
Authors: Zoran S. Ilić; Lidija Milenković; Ljiljana Stanojević; Ljubomir Šunić; Dragana Lalević; Dragoljub Beković; Dragan Cvetković
Affiliation: 1 University in Priština-Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Agriculture, 38219 Lešak, Serbia 2 University of Niš, Faculty of Technology, Bulevar Oslobođenja 124, 16000 Leskovac, Serbia
Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine whether shading by pearl nets (50% shade index) could improve the bioactive compounds in several medicinal herbs such as thyme, marjoram, oregano, lemon balm and peppermint and their corresponding beverages extracted during a 4-week maceration process in ethanol. Oregano and thyme provided the highest yield of total extractive substances, (TES), g/100 g f.p.m. from both shaded and nonshaded plants. Among all studied herbs, the highest level of antioxidants, expressed in terms of the total phenolic content (TPC) was found in herbal beverages from shaded plants of lemon balm (170.58 mg GAE /g. d.e.). Herbal beverages produced from nonshaded thyme (27.51 mg RE/g d.e.) and marjoram (15.92 mg RE/g d.e.) had higher flavonoid contents compared to herbal beverages from shaded plants. In addition, our study revealed that accumulation of the investigated secondary metabolites depends more on the specificity of a plant species rather than light modification. The results of this research on base of presented shade tolerant characteristics can be used as an indicator to recommend the planting environment of these medicinal plants under light modification. This study was an initial step in the production of medical plants with increased quantity of antioxidant and other biaoctive compounds during maceration process in extracts, aimed to be used as traditional drinks with medicinal properties.

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