Special Issue "Factors Affecting Yield, Quality, Antioxidants, Mineral Composition and Residual Biomass Valorization of Vegetable Crops"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: vegetable crops; conventional farming; organic management; soilless growing; fertilization; biofortification; microorganism inoculation; light modification; yield components; quality indicators; antioxidants; mineral element composition; residual biomass valorization
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Interests: vegetable crops; biofortification; selenium, iodine; microorganism inoculation; soil chemical analyses; plant chemical analyses; functional food; quality indicators; cholophylls; antioxidants; ascorbic acid; carotenoids; polyphenols; flavonoids; antocyanyns; mineral element composition
Interests: legume crop systems; plant root nodulation; nitrogen fixation; biodiversity; plant nutrition; water stress; plant growth promoting bacteria; quality indicators; nitrogen; proteins
Vegetable crops are widespread worldwide and characterized by management systems differing from each other with regard to the farming practices performed. However, all the systems should be managed in order to make them sustainable, both under the production and environmental safeguard perspectives. The crucial role of either farming or environmental factors on vegetable crop systems has been attracting the scientific community’s attention and stimulating its research interest. Among farming practices, fertilization plays a major role, as all the essential macro- and micronutrients should be supplied in order to fulfill plant requirements for growth and development, thus boosting crop yield and improving produce quality. The use of beneficial microorganisms interacting with those naturally present in the plants, such as nitrogen-fixing symbiotic bacteria, may enhance plant nutrient absorption, growth, yield, and quality and affect the antioxidant synthesis and activity.
Indeed, the several literature reports relevant to the present topics have not worked out all the issues that have arisen and, therefore, in this interesting field of research, plenty of challenges should be addressed. In this respect, remarkable attention should be given to the interactive dynamics among nutrient uptake, plant development, and synthesis of antioxidants. The latter are essential plant secondary metabolites acting in plant growth as well as in plant–microbe, plant–plant, and plant-environment relationships, whose presence in significant concentrations also allows producing vegetables labeled as functional food.
In this Special Issue, we warmly welcome articles (original research, reviews, modeling approaches, perspectives, opinions) that focus on factors affecting yield, quality, antioxidant compounds and activity, mineral composition, and residual biomass valorization of vegetable crops grown in an open field or greenhouse, carried out upon investigations regarding agronomical, biochemical, physiological, genetic aspects of plant, soil, microbiome, nutrients, and hormone interactions in any vegetable species, including those industry-oriented (legumes, tomato, potato).
Prof. Gianluca Caruso
Dr. Nadezhda A. Golubkina
Prof. Dr. Viliana Vasileva
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- vegetable open field system
- vegetable greenhouse system
- conventional farming
- organic management
- soilless growing
- microorganism inoculation
- weed control
- light modification
- produce processing
- nutrient uptake
- nutrient metabolism
- nitrogen fixation
- mineral element composition
- organic acids
- antioxidant compounds
- antioxidant activity
- residual biomass composition
- residual biomass energy potential