This professional horticulture reference, which has been in print continuously since 1932, is fully revised and updated in this new edition. Based on real-life experiences from industry professionals including growers and equipment and greenhouse manufacturers, the presented information covers all aspects of greenhouse equipment -- the structures themselves, benches, irrigation, curtains, environmental controls, machination, and the greenhouse as a retail facility. The most recent developments in greenhouse evolution are discussed, as are the varieties of available greenhouse structures, from free-standing and gutter-connected greenhouses to shade houses and open-roof greenhouses. Information on the business side of managing a greenhouse is provided, including how to market products and how to operate a retail store from a greenhouse.
This guide gives you specific germination, scheduling, and growing recommendations for over 300 of the most popular seed-grown crops. This 3rd edition has undergone a number of changes to enhance its value to professional floriculture growers. The book has nearly doubled in size and now provides in-depth germination and scheduling information for over 300 of the most popular seed-grown crops. The book covers: bedding plants, potted flowering and foliage plants, herbs, cut flowers, perennials and ornamental grasses. Written in an easy-to-read chart style, the guide lists production temperatures, transplanting schedules, lighting requirements and much more.
Author: Kevin A. Handreck
Publisher: UNSW Press
Release Date: 2002
A comprehensive revision of a work last revised in 1994. Topics covered in this edition include choosing materials for potting mixes, fertilizers, efficient use of water, drainage, salinity, turf management, soil-borne diseases, hydroponics, and the preparation of soils for landscape planting.
Agricultural production is one of the main keys to the development of healthy societies. It is anticipated that agricultural systems will increasingly have to contend with temperature, humidity and water stress in the near future. This makes the need to increase the efficiency of land and water use ever more urgent. The control and design of greenhouses allows to increase dramatically the quality of crops and extend the cultivation period year-round. A properly designed autonomous greenhouse based on hydroponics can greatly reduce the amounts of nutrients and energy expended in agricultural production. This book deals with different types of greenhouses, materials, structures, advanced control techniques and tendencies that are needed for designing and controlling an advanced greenhouse. The control system is presented as an integral system which covers the explanation of basic and advanced concepts for a real time controller. Also, structural analysis is introduced, whereby mechanical design is regarded as a key factor. The book incorporates simulations and experimental results, and utilizes LabVIEW and ADAMS software. Finally, it provides a perspective on the present state and future of greenhouses globally. Written in a highly accessible manner, this book will prove useful to horticulturalists, agricultural engineers, greenhouse engineers and designers. Its easy-to-absorb contents are also suitable for (under)graduate students and researchers in agricultural and electronic engineering, horticulture, crop cultivation and soft computing.
Author: Peter Scott
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2013-04-29
Physiology and Behaviour of Plants looks at plants and how they sense and respond to their environment. It takes the traditional plant physiology book into a new dimension by demonstrating how the biochemical observations underlie the behaviour of the plant. In many ways the book parallels courses studied at university on animal physiology and behaviour. The plant has to meet the same challenges as an animal to survive, but overcomes these challenges in very different ways. Students learn to think of plants not only as dynamic organisms, but aggressive, territorial organisms capable of long-range communication. Hallmark features include: Based on a successful course that the author has run for several years at Sussex University, UK Relates plant biochemistry to plant function Printed in four colour throughout Includes a wealth of illustrations and photographs that engages the reader’s attention and reinforce key concepts explored within the text Presents material in a modern ‘topic’ based approach, with many relevant and exciting examples to inspire the student An accompanying web site will include teaching supplements This innovative textbook is the ultimate resource for all students in biology, horticulture, forestry and agriculture. Companion website for this title is available at www.wiley.com/go/scott/plants
Author: Paul V. Nelson
Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
Release Date: 2013-10-03
Genre: Technology & Engineering
For courses in Greenhouse Management. Based on the author's life-long practical experiences both in the industry and in research, Greenhouse Operation and Management, Seventh Edition, offers students a state-of-the-art guide to the operation of commercial flower and vegetable greenhouses. The text presents coverage in the order in which decision-making concerns occur for a person entering the greenhouse business. Exceptionally comprehensive, yet accessible, it provides detailed, step-by-step instructions in layman's terms for ALL aspects of the business–from the physical facilities, to the day-to-day operations, to business management and marketing.
Author: Peter R. Dallman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 1998
This book provides a wonderful overview of the landscapes, vegetation types, and plants of the five regions of the world that have a Mediterranean climate. This climate of mild, rainy winters and dry, warm summers is found in California, Central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, the southwestern part of Australia and the Mediterranean Basin. The regions are widely separated and the flora of each is distinctive, having for the most part developed independently. Nevertheless, the plants share remarkably similar characteristics which allow them to thrive in these unusual conditions. Peter Dallman's non-technical prose is complemented by numerous maps, tables, and figures, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. With its detailed information on some of the world's most resilient plant life, this book will serve as an excellent reference for everyone interested in growing drought-resistant plants and as a naturalist's guide to these beautiful and unusual bioregions. For the growing number of travelers whose vacations focus on learning about and appreciating natural history, Dallman also includes a chapter on planning trips to the five Mediterranean regions.
Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation examines the numerous types of mass transit systems, looking closely at all their key functions, including operations, maintenance, development, design, building and retrofitting. It examines the mitigation measures that reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts, including green infrastructure, materials conservation, ecological conservation and other sustainable initiatives. The book explores organizational best practices, environmental regulatory constraints and life-cycle assessments, describing which sustainable elements can be added while rehabilitating or expanding a mass transportation infrastructure or ancillary facility. The book concludes with a look at forthcoming sustainable initiatives that will enhance mass transit systems. Contains case studies from the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia Uses applied research written by transportation practitioners and scholars Explores how Environmental Management System frameworks improve environmental performance in the operations, maintenance, design, rehabilitation and expansion of a mass transportation system Shows how teams from different fields, entities, agencies and cities can work together to solve complex sustainability challenges
Author: Duane T. Gardiner
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Technology & Engineering
This introduction to soil sciences covers traditional and recent topics, such as taxonomy, soil formation, precision agriculture, and GIS and GPS. New topics covered for this edition include tillage erosion, the phosphorous index, and organic farming. To encourage interest, there is new material on
Author: John M. Dole
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: 2006
The latest techniques for propagating crops with terminal, stem, and leaf/stem cuttings are the focus of this horticulture handbook. Fifty-eight major floriculture crop species along with hundreds of other minor crop species are detailed according to the best way to propagate and grow each one. Plants are organised by their type, such as bedding, field cuts, foliage, and perennials. An introduction to the floriculture cutting propagation industry addresses establishing and managing a young-plants service, creating the correct conditions for a cutting harvest and propagation, and shipping unrooted, callus, and rooted cuttings and plugs. Nutrient, watering, and pest control information is also provided to help horticulturists to keep their crops healthy and strong.
Author: Heather Moore Niver
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
The lionfish is one of the most colorful fish in the sea. It has zebra stripes and beautiful fins. However, the lionfish’s looks aren’t just for show. They tell predators to stay away. The lionfish might be pretty, but it’s also deadly. Numerous dazzling photographs of lionfish in their natural habitat help make this book of fun facts informative and interesting for all readers.