Hydroponics and Protected Cultivation

A Practical Guide

March 2021
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    18th March
  • ISBN 9781789244830
  • Language English
  • Pages 312 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images Illus. & photos

A comprehensive, practical text which covers a diverse range of hydroponic and protected cropping techniques, systems, greenhouse types and environments. It also covers related subjects such as the use of indoor plant factories, vertical systems, organic hydroponics, aquaponics and other systems.

There is detailed technical information on hydroponic and greenhouse production to help growers and students to design and run their own hydroponic operations. More advanced research is included to explain the factors which influence plant growth, produce quality, post harvest life and advanced hydroponic plant nutrition. What makes this book unique is the additional information on new advances in hydroponic cultivation such as the use of organic nutrients and substrates, the growing trend in the use of completely enclosed indoor plant factories and the growing number of small-scale, non-commercial applications. The book is fully illustrated with color images and photographs to illustrate key topics and help identify problem areas.

1: Background and History of Hydroponics and Protected Cultivation
2: Greenhouses and Protected Cropping Structures
3: The Greenhouse Environment and Energy Use
4: Greenhouse Operation and Management
5: Hydroponic Systems – Solution Culture
6: Substrate Based Hydroponic Systems
7: Organic Greenhouse Soilless Systems
8: Propagation and Transplant Production
9: Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Formulation
10: Plant Health, Plant Protection and Abiotic Factors
11: Hydroponic Production of Selected Crops
12: Plant Factories – Closed Plant Production Systems (CPPS)
13: Greenhouse Produce Quality and Assessment
14: Harvest and Post Harvest Factors

Lynette Morgan, PhD

Dr. Lynette Morgan holds a B.Hort.Tech (Hons) degree and a PhD in Horticultural Science (greenhouse crop production) from Massey University in New Zealand. Her PhD thesis focused on hydroponic tomato production in both NFT and media systems and improvement of fruit quality aspects. Now a partner in SUNTEC International Hydroponic Consultants, and with over 25 years experience in the industry, Lynette is involved in many aspects of hydroponic and greenhouse production, including remote consultancy services for new and existing commercial greenhouse growers and other organizations worldwide, as well as research trials and product development for manufacturers of horticultural products. Lynette has also presented seminars, key note addresses, research papers and technical workshops at a number of hydroponic conferences in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and Mexico. As a part time tutor with ACS (Australian Correspondence School) Lynette is involved with biochemistry, hydroponics (beginner to advanced courses), plant breeding, tissue culture and aquaponics subjects. Lynette is also the author of six hydroponic technical books designed to provide basic to advanced technical information for growers, students and researchers and regularly contributes to a number of industry publications. She has contributed 24 Key Topic datasheets for the CABI Horticulture compendium since 2015 and prior to that wrote crop datasheets for the Crop Protection Compendium. Lynette is also a member of the CABI Horticulture Board.

Hydroponics; soilless cultivation; greenhouses; plant factories; protected cropping; organic hydroponics; plant nutrition; soilless systems; nutrient formulation; vertical farming; greenhouse crops; aquaponics