Controlled Environment Agriculture – Production of Specialty Crops Providing Human Health Benefits through Hydroponics

Md. Asaduzzaman (Editor)
Olericulture Division, Horticulture Research Center, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh

Series: Global Agriculture: Developments, Issues, and Research
BISAC: TEC003030




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Controlled Environment Agriculture – Production of Specialty Crops Providing Human Health Benefits through Hydroponics provides useful information on agricultural technology management that enables the grower to manipulate a crop’s environment to the desired conditions. Specialty/functional foods can be produced through simple modification of nutritional composition and environmental controls. Management of chemical composition of hydroponic culture solution and physical modification of growing environments can enhance the performance of agricultural produce.

Moreover, development and supplementation of special dietary components provides several human health benefits beyond basic nutrition. This book mainly include reviews and original research on the enchantment of growth and yield crop plants along with consistent production of secondary metabolites and antioxidants under controlled environments. Light quality mediated changes in nutritional quality and anti-oxidative properties of crop plants are also described.

The final chapter reviews the current sensory perception of hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables compared to soil cultivation. The aim of this book is to represent a new way of thinking about sustainable production of specialty/functional foods using specialized culture techniques and demand oriented distribution. Interesting research on controlled environment agriculture from around the world are brought together in this book to produce a valuable resource for teachers, researchers, commercial growers and advanced students of plant biological science.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1
Controlled Environment for Enhanced and Consistent Production of (Poly)Phenols in Specialty Crops
(Indu Bala Jaganath and Alizah Zainal, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia)

Chapter 2
Production of Secondary Metabolites in Medicinal Plants through Hydroponic Systems
(Soleyman Dayani and Mohammad R. Sabzalian, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran, and others)

Chapter 3
Light Emitting Diodes for Agricultural Science
(Naichia Gary Yeh, Center of General Education, MingDao University, Peetou, ChangHua, Taiwan)

Chapter 4
Light Quality-Mediated Enhancement of Medicinal Plant Production in Hydroponic System Under Controlled Environment
(Abinaya Manivannan, Prabhakaran Soundararajan and Byoung Ryong Jeong, Division of Applied Life Science, Graduate School, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea, and others)

Chapter 5
Enhancement of Growth, Yield, Antioxidative System and Secondary Metabolites of Medicinal Plants by Application of Brassinosteroids Under Normal, Abiotic Stress and Biotic Stress Conditions: A Review
(B. Vidya Vardhini, Department of Botany, Telangana University, Dichpally, Nizamabad – A.P. India)

Chapter 6
Priming with S-Methylmethionine Increases Non-Enzymatic Antioxidant Content of Lettuce Leaves Exposed to Salt Stress
(Laszlo Fodorpataki, Botond Holinka and Eva Gtorgy, Babes-Bolyai University, Hungarian Department of Biology and Ecology, RO, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and others)

Chapter 7
Do Nitrogen Level and Genotype with Different Leaf Color Affect Spectral Absorbance (330 nm-800 nm) and Nutritional Quality of Hydroponic Lettuce?
((Yu Yi and Liu Wenke, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and others)

Chapter 8
The Proof of Fruits and Vegetables Grown Hydroponically is in the Eating
(Chenin Treftz and Stanley T. Omaye, Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences Department and Environmental Sciences and Health Graduate Program, University of Nevada, Reno, USA)


Click here to read the book review by - Toshiki Asao, Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Science Shimane University, Shimane, Japan

The publication will benefit many people and groups such as researchers, teachers and students of biological science, commercial hydroponic growers, and in the local/ urban/ metropolitan area or in the places having environmental extremes. The proposed publication can be used in some interesting and unusual places besides typical growing condition. It can be a great scope to the following functions:
· In the places where successful crop production is limited by environmental extremes such as arid land, coastal area, submerged area etc. this specialized culture techniques can be used successfully to supply fresh and nutritious vegetables.
· In developing countries low-tech CEA systems can be used to provide intensive food production using limited acreage and resources.
· Fortification of mineral nutrients and production of specialty dietary components in the agricultural produce.
Useful to the super market/ expensive restaurant owners as they can supply readily a variety of fresh vegetables to the customers.

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