A new book has been published by award-winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited.
Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation provides a comprehensive review of key advances in greenhouse and other forms of protected and controlled environment cultivation.
Chapters discuss developments in types of production systems, ways of controlling the aerial environment, optimising root development and advances in systems monitoring and management.
Professor Leo Marcelis, co-editor of the new title, says, "Consumers are getting more interested in the quality of their food, whilst society is increasingly demanding that plants are produced sustainably. This whole context sets demanding goals on production systems to sustainably produce crops with very high yield and quality on a limited land area. Greenhouse systems, when properly managed, improve the growing conditions of plants, in turn increasing yield and extending the growing season."
The book is presented in three sections:
- Part 1 - Production systems
- Part 2 - Crop management
- Part 3 - System management
Dr. Graeme Smith, Chairman ISHS Working Group - Hydroponics & Aquaponics, says about the book, "This much-anticipated publication, will be highly valued by the international protected cropping industry. The subjects explored reflect the modern face of sustainable horticultural production and the book is a key example of the necessary collaboration between the knowledge makers and the knowledge users. It will prove to be a highly beneficial reference for industry and a great example of the publisher’s aim of ‘delivering knowledge for the global scientific community’."
The book is edited by Professor Leo Marcelis and Dr. Ep Heuvelink.
Professor Marcelis is Head of the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The Group is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading university centres of expertise on greenhouse cultivation and vertical farming.
Dr. Heuvelink is Associate Professor in the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University and is well known for his work on crop physiology and modelling. Both have published widely on greenhouse cultivation.