Special Issue "Soil Quality Assessed for Viti- and Horticulture"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant–Soil Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Dénes Lóczy
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Department of Physical and Environmental Geography, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Pécs, Hungary
Interests: floodplain geomorphology and geoecology; anthropogeomorphology; landscape rehabilitation (with special regard to river floodplains); agricultural land evaluation; plant/environment interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The physical properties of soils are highly relevant to crop production. In addition to arable crops, plant support, root penetration, drainage, aeration, moisture retention, and plant nutrients are also important in vineyards and horticultural fields. Physical properties such as the amount, size, shape, arrangement, and mineral composition of particles also influence the chemical characteristics and microbial life in the soil. The soil organic matter and nutrient contents can be evaluated against several physical properties (texture, structure, porosity, permeability, and color) to reveal their significance in yield and crop quality indicators. Soil analyses could describe an important component of the terroir for vine, various fruits, and vegetables. Long-term monitoring of the relationships between soil properties and horticultural crop yields could provide valuable information for precision horticulture. The irrigation and fertilization needs of different fruit tree varieties should also be investigated.

Prof. Dr. Dénes Lóczy
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • soil properties
  • yield
  • crop quality
  • terroir
  • grapevine
  • fruit trees
  • vegetables

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The Characteristics of the Growth and the Active Compounds of Angelica gigas Nakai in Cultivation Sites
Plants 2020, 9(7), 823; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9070823 - 30 Jun 2020
Abstract
The active compounds of medicinal plants vary in composition and content depending on environmental factors, such as light, temperature, and soil. According to the Korean Pharmacopoeia standards for herbal medicine, the sum of nodakenin, decursin, and decursinolangelate, which are the marker components of [...] Read more.
The active compounds of medicinal plants vary in composition and content depending on environmental factors, such as light, temperature, and soil. According to the Korean Pharmacopoeia standards for herbal medicine, the sum of nodakenin, decursin, and decursinolangelate, which are the marker components of Korean Angelica, should be at least 6.0 g/100 g. However, the content of the components in Korean Angelica cultivated in South Korea often fall below 6.0 g/100 g, due to weather conditions and cultivation site characteristics. This study aimed to gather information about environmental factors that affect the root growth and the content of active compounds. In total, 18 cultivation sites in Pyeongchang, Jecheon, and Bonghwa regions in Korea were investigated for this study. Environmental factors, such as the monthly mean temperature, mean relative humidity, duration of sunshine, total precipitation, soil acidity, and the characteristics of soil nutrient, were investigated over the growing season from April to October 2017. As for the growth characteristics, the dry weight of roots of Korean Angelica was measured. The sum of the contents of the three active compounds was 5.3–7.0 g/100 g and the nodakenin content was 0.3–1.3 g/100 g in the cultivation sites. This study concludes that the root yields in the cultivation sites would be improved if weather conditions are maintained with similar levels as those in their natural habitats. Additionally, the environment that improves root growth did not increase the content of active compounds; however, when there was a lot of gravel or high temperatures during the growth period, the content of active compounds was relatively high. Full article
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