Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice

Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice, 1st Edition,Michael Raviv,J. Heinrich Lieth,ISBN9780444529756

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A valuable discussion on the various soilless media and how these properties affect plant performance

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* Comprehensive discussion of hydroponic systems, irrigation, and control measures allows readers to achieve optimal performance
* State-of-the-art book on all theoretical aspects of hydroponics and soilless culture including a thorough description of the root system, its functions and limitation posed by restricted root volume
* Critical and updated reviews of current analytical methods and how to translate their results to irrigation and fertilization practices
* Definitive chapters on recycled, no-discharge systems including salinity and nutrition management and pathogen eradication
* Up-to-date description of all important types of growing media


Plant production in hydroponics and soilless culture is rapidly expanding throughout the world, raising a great interest in the scientific community. For the first time in an authoritative reference book, authors cover both theoretical and practical aspects of hydroponics (growing plants without the use of soil). This reference book covers the state-of-the-art in this area, while offering a clear view of supplying plants with nutrients other than soil. Soilless Culture provides the reader with an understanding of the properties of the various soiless media and how these properties affect plant performance in relation to basic horticultural operations, such as irrigation and fertilization. This book is ideal for agronomists, horticulturalists, greenhouse and nursery managers, extension specialists, and people involved with the production of plants.


Agronomists, horticulturalists, farmers, practitioners confronting problems

Michael Raviv

Affiliations and Expertise

Newe Ya'ar Research Center, ARO, Department of Environmental Horticulture, Israel

J. Heinrich Lieth

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Plant Sciences, University of California - Davis, U.S.A.

Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice, 1st Edition


Chapter 1: Significance of soilless culture in agriculture

Chapter 2. Functions of the root system

Chapter 3: Physical characteristics of soilless media.

Chapter 4: Irrigation in Soilless Production

Chapter 5. Technical equipment in soilless production systems

Chapter 6: Chemical characteristics of soilless media

Chapter 7: Analytical methods used in soilless cultivation

Chapter 8: Nutrition of Substrate-Grown Plants

Chapter 9. Fertigation management and crops response to solution recycling in semi closed greenhouses

Chapter 10: Pathogen detection and management strategies in soilless plant growing systems

Chapter 11. Organic Soilless Media Components

Chapter 12: Inorganic and Synthetic Organic Components of Soilless Culture and Potting Mixes

Chapter 13: Growing plants in soilless culture: Operational conclusions


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