MORE EFFICIENT USE OF BASE LOAD HEATING WITH A TEMPERATURE INTEGRATING CONTROL PROGRAMME. EFFECT ON DEVELOPMENT, GROWTH AND PRODUCTION OF TOMATO.
Temperatures were allowed to vary between 14 and 26 C. Plant response was compared with a control treatment with the same mean temperature but a fixed temperature regime.
Development, growth and yield of December sown tomatoes in the temperature integrating treatment were not different from the control. Compared to the control, energy input by the base load heating system was higher at the expense of the energy input by the peak load system. Total energy consumption seemed to be a little higher for the temperature integrating treatment.