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Controlled Environment Horticulture

Improving Quality of Vegetables and Medicinal Plants

Textbook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christoph-Martin Geilfus
      Pages 3-5
    3. Christoph-Martin Geilfus
      Pages 7-17
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      Pages 19-33
    5. Christoph-Martin Geilfus
      Pages 35-40
  3. II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-42
    2. Christoph-Martin Geilfus
      Pages 43-56
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      Pages 57-67
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      Pages 69-80
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      Pages 113-120
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      Pages 145-150
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  4. III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187

About this book

Introduction

An understanding of crop physiology and ecophysiology enables the horticulturist to manipulate a plant’s metabolism towards the production of compounds that are beneficial for human health when that plant is part of the diet or the source of phytopharmaceutical compounds.

The first part of the book introduces the concept of Controlled Environment Horticulture as a horticultural production technique used to maximize yields via the optimization of access to growing factors. The second part describes the use of this production technique in order to induce stress responses in the plant via the modulation of these growing factors and, importantly, the way that this manipulation induces defence reactions in the plant resulting in the production of compounds beneficial for human health. The third part provides guidance for the implementation of this knowledge in horticultural production.

Keywords

Plant secondary metabolites Protected cropping Plant-based diet Biotic and abiotic environmental factors Sustainable development

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Controlled Environment Horticulture, Faculty of Life SciencesAlbrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Humboldt-University of BerlinBerlinGermany

About the authors

Christoph-Martin Geilfus, horticulturist and agronomist, born in 1983, studied Agriculture and Agrobiotechnology in Giessen, Germany. He received a doctorate and habilitated in Plant Nutrition in Kiel, Germany. After working as a visiting professor in Leuven, Belgium, he was appointed as Professor for Controlled Environment Horticulture at Berlin, Germany. His research interests include horticulture, the mineral nutrition of crops, apoplastic stress signalling and guard cell biology.

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