Integrated Greenhouse Systems for Mild Climates: Climate Conditions, Design, Construction, Maintenance, Climate Control

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Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 1, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 363 pages
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Crop production in greenhouses is a growing industry, especially in mild climates, and is very important for the population as a source of income and clean, fresh food. Greenhouses create optimal climate conditions for crop growth and protect crops from outside pests. At the same time greenhouse production increases water use efficiency and makes integrated production and protection (IPP) possible. This book provides technical instructions for practice (what to do and what not to do) and gives answers to the question: How to produce more clean crops and better quality with less water, less land and less pesticide. Suitable greenhouse constructions and their design, adapted to local climates in subtropical, tropical and arid regions and infrastructure conditions are presented. The necessary climate control measures - light transmittance, ventilation, cooling, heating, and CO2 enrichment - and physical measures for pest control, as well as methods for using solar energy to desalinate salty water are described. The results of theoretical research are transferred into methods for practical use, so that readers are equipped to solve their problems in practice as well as to get stimulation for further research and development.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Climate Conditions and Classification
5
Crop Growth Requirements and Climate Control
29
Design Criteria for Greenhouses
45
Greenhouse Structures
59
Light Transmittance of Greenhouses
137
Cladding Material
145
Greenhouse Components Mounting Installation and Maintenance
169
Cooling
251
Heating
285
Crop Water Requirement and Water Use Efficiency
313
Rainwater Collection and Storage
321
Desalination of Salty Water and ClosedSystem Greenhouses
329
CO2 Enrichment
341
Annexes
343
References
349

Ventilation
193
Insect Screening
233

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