Special Issue "Sustainable Vegetable Production and Biodiversity within a Climate Change Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: Nutritional value, chemical composition and bioactive properties of wild edible species; Nutrition of horticultural and medicinal plants; Essential oils of herbs and medicinal and horticultural plants; Quality of vegetable products (aroma profile, nitrate content, vitamins, phenolic compounds, color etc.); The effect of agronomic practices on bioactive compounds content of vegetable products; Agronomic performance and quality of local landraces of vegetables
Interests: vegetable production; plant nutrition; soilless culture; substrates and hydroponics; abiotic stress; postharvest and quality of fresh produce; edible flowers; bioactive compounds; medicinal and aromatic plants
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Vegetable crop cultivation uses intensified cropping systems in the pursuit of high yields, especially in the case of greenhouse cultivation, which is considered the most intense and high yielding cropping system. However, modern horticulture and vegetable production is under increasing pressure from the ongoing climate change and soil degradation, as well as the market demands for higher yields and better-quality products. Therefore, producers are caught in a vicious circle, where they have to increase agrochemical inputs to achieve the targeted yields with questionable results mostly in regard to final product quality and consumer safety issues as well as of the enterprise viability. Within this framework, farmers and related stakeholders have to reinvent vegetable crop cultivation and try to conform to modern requirements through the application of biodiversity-based and precise farming systems, the use of intensified cropping systems (e.g., indoors cultivation, hydroponics), the valorization of local landraces and farmers’ varieties, urban farming, vertical gardening and cost-efficient vegetable production, the exploitation of wild edible species for commercial cultivation, and the selection of elite genotypes of vegetable crops adapted to the new and ever-changing environment.
This Special Issue invites original research papers and reviews focusing on the rural and urban farming development through the sustainable vegetable production under the climate change challenges. Special focus will be given to biodiversity-based farming systems, plant adaptation to abiotic stresses, and eco-efficient cropping systems, although other research topics related with vegetable production are also welcomed. The Special Issue aims to contribute to the literature on sustainable cultivation of vegetable crops and foster and reinforce vegetable production with modern tools towards rural and urban development.
Prof. Dr. Spyridon A. Petropoulos
Prof. Dr. Nikos Tzortzakis
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Farming systems
- Local landraces
- Vegetable production
- Wild edible species
- Climate change
- Quality and safety
- Urban and rural farming