Recent advances in water and nutrient management of soil-grown crops in Mediterranean greenhouses
For numerous reasons, European greenhouse crop production is facing an increasingly difficult situation to remain both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. One of these reasons is the substantial use of expensive nutrient inputs. The overuse of nutrient inputs, especially nitrogen and phosphorous results in an economic loss for the farmer and may contribute to significant pollution. Since the efficiency of both nutrients and water are closely related, improved irrigation and fertilisation management strategies are of paramount importance for the long-term sustainability of European greenhouse industry. In this paper, we review recent advances in water and nutrient management in greenhouse crop production, including novel technologies of soil and plant testing, up-to-date sensors and the use of Decision Support Systems, new fertilization management strategies, grafted seedlings and biostimulants. We focus on the management of soil-grown crops in Mediterranean greenhouses.
De Pascale, S., Rouphael, Y., Pardossi, A., Gallardo, M. and Thompson, R.B. 2017. Recent advances in water and nutrient management of soil-grown crops in Mediterranean greenhouses. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1170:31-44
biostimulants, decision support system, fertilization, protected horticulture soil-bound greenhouse crops, soil moisture sensors, crop monitoring