Technical equipment in soilless production systems

E.A. van Os, T.H. Gieling, J. Heinrich Lieth

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In soilless culture considerable technology is applied for all facets of the plant production. This chapter describes water supply, storage, and accessibility to various sources of water for use in irrigation. The delivery of water is through various types of distribution systems such as sprinkler or drip irrigation, subirrigation using ebb-and-flow, and various liquid culture hydroponic systems. Generally completely soluble nutrients are mixed into the water and supplied to the plants (fertigation) using various types of injection technologies. The plants are held in place using various above-ground systems, including benches, beds, troughs, etc. This chapter also describes various specific species of cultivated plants as grown in various soilless culture systems. Specific examples include fruiting and leafy vegetables, strawberries, and ornamental plants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoilless Culture
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice Theory and Practice
EditorsM. Raviv, J.H. Lieth, A. Bar-Tal
ISBN (Electronic)9780444636966
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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