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Hydroponic Food Production A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardener and the Commercial Hydroponic Grower, Seventh Edition

ISBN-10: 1439878676
ISBN-13: 9781439878675
Edition: 7th 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Howard M. Resh
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Book details

List price: $46.99
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 8/9/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

This comprehensive, practical guide to soilless growing practices provides detailed information on how to design, set up, and operate hydroponic culture systems. Featuring 550 photographs, drawings, and tables, the seventh edition of this best-selling book has been extensively updated and expanded. The text describes the most successful growing cultures to use with specific crops and details media as well as hydroponic techniques. Chapters cover nutrient uptake and mixing as well as deficiencies and their symptoms, plant nutrition, nutrient solution, water culture, tropical hydroponics and special applications, plant culture, nutrient film technique, gravel culture, and more.

Preface to the Seventh Edition
Acknowledgments
Author
List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction
The Past
The Present
The Future
Suitable Site Characteristics
Soil versus Soilless Culture
References
Plant Nutrition
Plant Constituents
Mineral and Essential Elements
Plant Mineral and Water Uptake
Soil
Soil and Plant Interrelations
Cation Exchange
Soil versus Hydroponics
Transfer of Water and Solutes from Soil (or Nutrient Solution) to Root
Movement of Water and Minerals across Membranes
Upward Movement of Water and Nutrients
Plant Nutrition
Nutritional Disorders
Symptomatology
Use of a Key
References
Nutrient Solution
Inorganic Salts (Fertilizers)
Recommended Compounds for Complete Nutrient Solutions
Fertilizer Chemical Analyses
Fertilizer Impurities
Nutrient Formulations
Atomic and Molecular Weights
Calculations of Nutrient Formulations
Calculations for Chemical Substitutions for Fertilizers
Nutrient Formulation Adjustments
Nutrient Stock Solutions
Injector or Proportioner System
Stock Solutions
Preparing the Nutrient Solution
Preparing Normal Strength Solutions
Preparing Stock Solutions
Plant Relations and Cause of Nutrient Solution Changes
Nutrient Analysis
Plant Tissue Analysis
Changing of Solutions
Adjustment of Nutrient Solutions by Use of Electrical Conductivity
Maintenance of Solution Volume
References
The Medium
Medium Characteristics
Water Characteristics
Irrigation
Pumping of Nutrient Solution into Beds
Sterilization of Medium
References
Water Culture
Introduction
Raceway, Raft, or Floating System
Small and Medium-Sized Commercial Raft Systems
Large Commercial Raft Culture Systems
Aeroponics
Hydroponic Grass Units
Alfalfa and Bean Sprouts
Alfalfa Culture
Mung Bean Culture
Microgreens
References
Nutrient Film Technique
Introduction
Early NFT System
Later NFT Systems
Commercial NFT Systems
Nutrient Flow Technique: Vertical Pipes, A-Frame, or Cascade Systems
Gutter and Pipe NFT Channel Systems
Agri-Systems NET
Hortiplan Automated NFT System
Outdoor NET Watercress
Ebb-and-Flow (Flood) Systems
A-Frame NFT System
Summary
References
Gravel Culture
Introduction
Media Characteristics
Subirrigation Gravel Culture
Frequency of Irrigation
Speed of Pumping and Drainage
Effect of Irrigation Cycle on Plant Growth
Height of Irrigation
Nutrient Solution Temperature
Greenhouse Subirrigation System
Construction Materials
Beds
Plenum
Nutrient Tank
Trickle Irrigation Design
Advantages and Disadvantages of Trickle Irrigation
Sterilization of Gravel between Crops
Advantages and Disadvantages of Gravel Culture
References
Sand Culture
Introduction
Medium Characteristics
Structural Details
Beds with Plastic Liner
Greenhouse Floors Lined with Polyethylene
Drip (Trickle) Irrigation System
Planning a Drip Irrigation System
Watering
Sterilization of Sand Beds between Crops
Sand Culture of Herbs
Advantages and Disadvantages of Sand Culture
References
Sawdust Culture
Introduction
Growing Medium
Bed System
Bag System
Nutrient Solution Distribution System
Advantages and Disadvantages of Sawdust Culture
References
Rockwool Culture
Introduction
North American Greenhouse Vegetable Industry
World Greenhouse Vegetable Industry
Rockwool Composition
Rockwool Cubes and Blocks
Rockwool Slabs
Rockwool Layout
Irrigation System
Cucumbers in Rockwool
Tomatoes in Rockwool
Large Greenhouse Operations in North America
Harvesting, Grading, and Packing
Peppers in Rockwool
Recirculating Rockwool Systems
Advantages and Disadvantages of Rockwool Culture
References
Coco Coir Culture
Introduction
Source of Coco Coir
Coco Coir Grades and Characteristics
Coco Plugs and Blocks
Sustainable Agriculture Greenhouse Technology
Tomatoes in Coco Coir
Advantages and Disadvantages of Coco Coir Culture
References
Other Soilless Cultures
Introduction
Media
Peat
Vermiculite
Perlite
Pumice
Rice Hulls
Soilless Mixtures
The U.C. Mix
The Cornell "Peat-Lite" Mixes
Fertilizer, Sphagnum Peat Moss, and Vermiculite Mixture
Coco Coir
Hydroponic Herbs
Growing Herbs in a Peat-Lite Mix
Herbs in Rice Hulls
Foam Culture
Perlite Culture
Perlite Blocks and Slabs
Perlite Bato Buckets
Eggplants in Perlite Culture
Column Culture
Sack Culture
Sterilization of Medium
Advantages and Disadvantages of Peat and Coco Coir Mixtures
References
Tropical Hydroponics and Special Applications
Introduction
Hidroponias Venezolanas
Sand Culture in the Tropics
Ebb-and-Flood Water Culture of Watercress
Rice Hulls-Coco Coir Culture of Tomatoes, Peppers, and Cucumbers
Special Applications
Hydroponics and Resorts and Spas
Hydroponic Rooftop Greenhouses
Automated Vertical Hydroponic Systems
The Science Barge
References
Plant Culture
Introduction
Seeding
Seedling Production
Tomato Seedling Culture
Cucumber Seedling Culture
Pepper Seedling Culture
Eggplant Seedling Culture
Lettuce Seedling Culture
Herb Seedling Culture
Plant-Growing Temperature
Light
Relative Humidity and Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD)
Carbon Dioxide Enrichment
Transplanting
Spacing
Vegetative versus Generative Growth
Irrigation (Fertigation)
Plant Support
Suckering and Training (Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, and Eggplants)
Pollination
Physiological Disorders
Diseases and Insects
Some Common Tomato Diseases
Some Common Cucumber Diseases
Insects
Vegetable Varieties
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Peppers
Eggplants
Lettuce
Green Grafting
Planting Schedules
Crop Termination
Special Considerations
References
Horticultural, Hydroponic, and Soilless-Culture Societies
Greenhouse Production Resources
Research Extension Services for Publications
Some Soil and Plant-Tissue Testing Laboratories
Biological-Control Agents
Producers
Distributors
Sources of Information on Biological Control
Reference
Special Hydroponic Equipment
Units of Measurement-Conversion Factors
Physical Constants of Inorganic Compounds
Greenhouse and Hydroponic Suppliers
Biocontrol Agents
Microbials/Bioagents
Pollinators (Bombus sp.)
Greenhouse Structures, Coverings, and Equipment
Greenhouse Shading Materials
Growing Media and Supplies
Irrigation Equipment
Seeds
Sprout Supplies
Bibliography
Hydroponics
General
Publications
Articles
Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)
Publications
Articles
Insect and Disease Control
Professional Publications and Research Journals
Trade Magazines and Periodicals
Index

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