Medicinal Plants in Hydroponic System Under Water-Deficit Conditions—A Way to Save Water

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The production of medicinal plants can be expanded when water is lacking by using selected low irrigation systems. When using deficit irrigation systems, adequate production can be achieved with the least amount of water, that, sometimes can produce more active constituents. The choice of type of hydroponics, as a technique for deficit irrigation, was facilitated by the availability of plant monitor technology and mobile apps to aid farmers in “when,” “where,” “how,” or “what” to plant and precision agriculture. The choice of method is associated with cultivated species, quality of irrigation water and the purpose of production. In general, biostimulants can help plants tolerate water-deficit stresses. These include microbial inoculants, biochemicals, amino acids, humic acids, fulvic acids, plant and seaweed extracts and more. Hydroponic systems are excellent choice as deficit irrigation techniques. In these systems, water is reclaimed and the water consumption decreases to produce the final crop unit and more active compounds.


Aquaponics Biostimulators Deficient irrigation Elicitors Hydroponics Irrigation Medicinal plants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HorticultureSuez Canal UniversityIsmailiaEgypt

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