Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Increased electrical conductivity in nutrient solution benefits tomatoes

Greenhouse tomato production is shifting to meet emerging consumer needs. Increasing environmental concerns have pressured growers to supply high-quality vegetables using sustainable production methods. The utilization of adapting fertigation to production conditions and/or nutrient solutions of moderately high conductivity seems promising in providing high yields of superior quality while limiting the emission of nutrients to the environment in greenhouse tomato crops.

In a new study, a tomato crop was grown in soilless culture with various levels of electrical conductivity (EC), 2.2, 3.5, and 4.5 dS∑m−1, adjusting the final nutrient concentration and maintaining nutritional balance.

The effect of nutrient solutions with moderately high EC on fertigation parameters and the emission of nutrients to the environment, total crop productivity, distribution of fruit sizes, and dietary and organoleptic qualities were measured. Nutrient solutions of moderately high EC decreased total and commercial yield, with an average reduction from 5% to 19% and 3% to 22%, respectively. A considerable decrease in extra large and large fruits, with an average reduction from 69% to 42%, was also observed.

Nonetheless, dietary-related metabolites were significantly increased at the highest EC values: lycopene (6.3%), ascorbic acid (8.8%), total phenolics content (8.3%), and total antioxidant activity (11.1%). EC values of 3.5 and 4.5 dS∑m−1 are not widely used in commercial production but are frequently measured in drainage solutions in open hydroponic systems and discarded solutions in closed systems, mainly because of the use of poor-quality water and the accumulation of excess nutrients.

Access the full study at HortScience.

Publication date: 8/9/2017



Other news in this sector:

3/2/2018 Magnesium deficiency of hydroponic and container grown basil
2/23/2018 US: Four scientists join Inocucor Scientific Advisory Board
1/29/2018 Local raw material provides alternative to coconut products
1/25/2018 Portugal: Asfertglobal wins Green Project Award 2017
1/23/2018 PRO-MIX is launched in France
1/19/2018 US (NC): Yara opens new warehouse facility in Wilmington
1/18/2018 UK: Amendments to AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)
1/18/2018 US (CA): WISErg raises $19.2 million to build California plant
1/9/2018 Video: Why your controlled release fertilizer didn't work as expected
12/21/2017 Levity CropScience appoints American distributor
12/7/2017 Use of biostimulants to increase in the UK, says survey
12/6/2017 "UK fertiliser industry faces twin challenges of being in the EU and leaving it"
12/5/2017 Chinese growers show interest in Italian expertise in biostimulants
11/30/2017 China: Price of winter storage fertilizer continues to rise
11/24/2017 AkzoNobel breaks ground for European micronutrients expansion project
11/17/2017 US (FL): Effect of phosphorus rates on tomato in calcareous soil
11/7/2017 Yara signs Ethiopian mining agreement for potash production
10/31/2017 UK: New soluble powders plant for Omex Agrifluids
10/25/2017 "UK is 30-40 years away from 'eradication of soil fertility'"
10/25/2017 Foliar applications increase yield but modulate tomato fruit quality