Technologies and techniques of greenhouse cultivation as tools to promote development education

Ν. Katsoulas, E. Kitta, C. Kittas
The project Rural DEAR Agenda, implemented by the University of Thessaly, aims to improve the planning of activities for the development of education and awareness raising in rural areas, in order to become effective, and effectively promote solidarity and understanding of its causes. Development education and awareness raising contribute to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. To achieve this, it is necessary to develop and promote a participatory model of educational development that will apply to rural communities, including the innovative and effective strategies set out in the European strategy for the development of education. Development of protected cultivations is one such strategy to improve the economic situation of the rural countryside and to promote sustainable development. Greenhouse crops are growing steadily in the Mediterranean region and are the most dynamic form of primary agricultural production. Although extensive research has been carried out on high-tech but also on implicitly equipped greenhouses, there are still major challenges that need to be addressed in particular in water management, energy saving and greenhouse climate control. Thus, in our work, after referring to development education and its challenges, we first introduce modern technologies and techniques in the field of agricultural engineering aimed at intelligent control, sustainable greenhouse management and energy saving in the Mediterranean region. More specifically, brief descriptions of modern greenhouse climate control systems as well as technologies and techniques for reducing energy and chemical inputs to the greenhouse ecosystem are given. Then there is a reference to the use of shallow geothermal water and energy saving in the “semi-enclosed” greenhouse.
Katsoulas, Ν., Kitta, E. and Kittas, C. (2021). Technologies and techniques of greenhouse cultivation as tools to promote development education. Acta Hortic. 1320, 173-180
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1320.22
development education, sustainability, greenhouse and screenhouse technologies

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