Two new books, written in English, are certain to make a big contribution to modern-day, greenhouse cultivation.
The first of these, published October 2019 by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Ltd, is entitled: Achieving Sustainable Greenhouse Cultivation. It provides a comprehensive review of the advances in protected crop cultivation and controlled environment, edited by experts from Wageningen University: Prof. Leo Marcelis and Dr. Ep Heuvelink, respectively Head and Associate Professor of the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group.
The book compares different protected cultivation systems from greenhouses and net houses to aquaponics and vertical production. It details current research on providing the right environments above and below soil level by controlling: atmospheric conditions, lighting, substrate, irrigation and nutrient management. Particular emphasis is placed on obtaining optimal product quality and reduced environmental impact.
The book champions the necessary collaboration between horticultural science and the users, which are better described these days as knowledgeable horticultural technicians and business managers, rather than just growers. The book is divided into three parts: Production systems, Crop management and Systems management. Summary of contents
The second publication, a more commercial approach, also represents a philosophy of growing by the Foundation: Growing by Plant Empowerment – GPE, in which several well-known companies have pooled their research and knowledge, aimed at promoting sustainable production through data-driven concepts. Entitled: Plant Empowerment: The Basic Principles, by Peter Geelen, Jan Voogt and Peter van Weel.
This book creates an integrated approach in the use of sensors and measuring stems to control the principle balances in the greenhouse environment. It provides hard facts required to control and improve cultivation processes. The companies involved in GPE are: LetsGrow (Founder), Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Svensson, Hortilux, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Koppert Biological Systems.
These companies also developing hardware and software for growers and advisors that make it easier to follow the GPE philosophy that combines physical and physiological principles, and the Foundation also organizers webinars and seminars internationally.
Source: HortiDaily and others.