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N.W. Osorio, X. Shuai, S. Miyasaka, B. Wang, R.L. Shirey, and W.J. Wigmore

Nitrogen (N) is often the most limiting mineral nutrient for taro growth. Two experiments were carried out under hydroponics conditions to determine the effects of varying solution N levels and N form on taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott cv. Bun Long) growth and foliar nutrient concentrations for 42 days. In the first experiment, taro plants were grown at six NH4NO3 levels (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 4.0 mm N). In the second experiment, taro plants were grown at a total N level of 3 mm with five nitrate (NO3-): ammonium (NH4+) percent molar ratios (100:0, 75:25, 50:50, 25:75, and 0:100). In the N level experiment, dry matter and leaf area increased up to 2 mm N and then decreased at the highest N level. The reduced growth of taro at the highest N level was attributed in part to a high NH4+ level that reduced uptake or translocation of cations, such as Ca2+, Mg2+, and Mn2+. Nitrogen concentration in leaf blades increased with increasing N levels. The critical foliar N concentration that coincided with 95% of maximum growth based on a quadratic model was 40.4 g·kg-1 (dry weight basis). In the N form experiment, NO3-: NH4+ ratios of 75:25 or 100:0 favored greater plant growth compared to other treatments. Taro plants grown in NH4+-rich solutions drastically acidified the solution pH, and had retarded growth and smaller leaf area compared to those grown in NO3--rich solutions.

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Teal Hendrickson, Bruce L. Dunn, Carla Goad, Bizhen Hu, and Hardeep Singh

constantly recirculating nutrient solution ( Dholwani et al., 2018 ; Mohammed and Sookoo, 2016 ; Resh, 1978 ). Because hydroponics systems are generally used in greenhouses, more absolute control over environmental variables, such as temperature, is an

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Elizabeth A. Wahle and John B. Masiunas

Greenhouse hydroponics and field experiments were conducted to determine how nitrogen (N) fertilizer treatments affect tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) growth, yield, and partitioning of N in an effort to develop more sustainable fertilization strategies. In a hydroponics study, after 4 weeks in nitrate treatments, shoot dry weight was five times greater at 10.0 than at 0.2 mm nitrate. An exponential growth model was strongly correlated with tomato root growth at all but 0.2 mm nitrate and shoot growth in 10 mm nitrate. Root dry weight was only 15% of shoot biomass. In field studies with different population densities and N rates, height in the 4.2 plants/m2 was similar, but shoot weight was less than in the 3.2 plants/m2. At 12 weeks after planting, shoot fresh weight averaged 3.59 and 2.67 kg/plant in treatments with 3.2 and 4.2 plants/m2, respectively. In 1998, final tomato yield did not respond to N rate. In 1999, there was a substantial increase in fruit yield when plants were fertilized with 168 kg·ha-1 N but little change in yield with additional N. Nitrogen content of the leaves and the portion of N from applied fertilizer decreased as the plants grew, and as N was remobilized for fruit production. Both studies indicate that decreasing N as a way to reduce N loss to the environment would also reduce tomato growth.

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Toshiki Asao, Hiroaki Kitazawa, Takuya Ban, M. Habibur Rahman Pramanik, and Kenzi Tokumasa

Date, S. Terabayashi, S. Matsui, K. Namiki, T. Fujime, Y. 2002 Induction of root browning by chloramine in Lactuca sativa L. grown in hydroponics J. Jpn. Soc. Hort. Sci. 71 485 489 Feng

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Hardeep Singh, Bruce Dunn, Niels Maness, Lynn Brandenberger, Lynda Carrier, and Bizhen Hu

:// > Heuvelink, E. Dorais, M. 2005 Crop growth and yield 85 144 Tomatoes doi: Jensen, M.H. 1997 Hydroponics worldwide 719 730 International Symposium on Growing Media and Hydroponics

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Elisa Solis-Toapanta and Celina Gómez

; General Hydroponics, Santa Rosa, CA) provided continuous aeration. Bamboo stakes (40 cm tall) were used to provide physical support for the plants, which were secured as needed with twist ties. Plants were grown for 8 weeks inside two walk-in growth

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Krishna Nemali

vegetables for Europe ( Patowary, 2013 ). Techniques such as hydroponics, soilless substrate production, mulching, and drip irrigation turned the region into what it is today ( Fig. 3 ). The region also benefits from a large labor force from nearby countries

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Yu-Wei Liu and Chen-Kang Huang

( Kozai, 2007 ). Thus, unless the factories are designed to be more energy-efficient, their products are unlikely to become competitive in price. The production cost is always a concern for a plant factory operation. Hydroponics is a plant cultivation

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Rhuanito Soranz Ferrarezi and Donald S. Bailey

Aquaponics is a food production technology that combines aquaculture and hydroponics in an integrated recirculating system without soil ( Rakocy et al., 2006 ). The aquaponics ecosystem is composed by fish, bacteria, and plants ( Somerville et al

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Fahed A. Al-Mana and Tarik M. El-Kiey

Production of five commercial cut flowers in different culture media, namelyI nutrient film technique (NFT), soilless media (perlite and an equal mix of perlite and peatmoss), and soil mix (2 sand: 1 loam by volume), was investigated in controlled fiberglass-house. Two rose varieties (Rosa hybrida var. Baccara and Madina); carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus var. William Sim); Chrysanthemum morifolium var. Delta, and Dahlia hybrida var. variabilis were used. Plants were watered as they needed by the same nutrient solution used for NFT.

Generally, growth and yield of Baccara and Madina roses, Chrysanthemum and Dhalia plants were superior in NFT than in the other media. On the contrary, the growth and yield of carnation plants were significantly greater in conventional soil or perlite and peatmoss mix than in NFT or perlite.

Flower crops grown in NFT generally reached harvest stage 5-10 days earlier than those grown in the other media except carnation plants. There were variations in the accumulation of N, P, K mg, ca, and Fe in plant leaves among the various culture media.