A comparison between two methods to control nutrient delivery to greenhouse melons grown in recirculating nutrient solution culture

Alberto Pardossi, Fernando Malorgio, L. Incrocci, Carlo Alberto Campiotti, Franco Tognoni

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Two methods to control nutrient delivery to greenhouse melon plants grown with the nutrient film technique were compared: a conventional control system based on the adjustment of electrical conductivity (EC) of the recirculating nutrient solution, and a programmed nutrient addition, which was based simply on pre-established weekly supply of N, P and K without any attempt to maintain constant values of nutrient concentration and EC. The method to control nutrient supply did not influence significantly fruit yield or quality, but the nutrient addition reduced the crop consumption of water, N, P and K by 40-60% with respect to the EC method. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89 - 95
Number of pages7
JournalScientia Horticulturae
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture

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