Management, Performance, and Applications of Micro Irrigation Systems, the fourth volume in the Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation series, emphasizes sustainable and meaningful methods of irrigation to counter rampant water scarcity. In many parts of the world, this scarcity significantly affects crop yield, crop quality, and, consequently, human quality of life.
This important volume presents the best management practices in sustainable micro irrigation, with the goal of increasing crop yield and quality and conserving water. The practices described are practical and attainable and are based on research and studies from many areas of the world, including India, South Africa, and other areas. The applications described can be adapted and applied to many regions with a critical need to address the water crisis in crop production.
The practices and applications presented include:
• Partial root-zone surface drip irrigation
• Effective maintenance techniques
• Web-based irrigation scheduling
• Water use efficiency methods
• The use of flushing and filtration systems
This valuable book is a must for those struggling to find ways to address the need to maintain efficient crop production in the midst of water shortages. With chapters from hands-on experts in the field, the book will be an invaluable reference and guide to effective micro irrigation methods.
Table of Contents
Adoption of Sustainable Micro Irrigation in India: Factors and Policies; D. Suresh Kumar
Impact of Drip Irrigation on Farming System: Evidence from Southern India; D. Suresh Kumar and K. Palanisami
Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation in India; Felix B. Reinders
Research Advances in Sustainable Irrigation Methods for Efficient Water Application: South Africa; Felix B. Reinders
Performance of Irrigation Systems in South Africa; Felix B. Reinders
Impact of Flushing and Filtration System on Performance of Micro Irrigation Systems; Vinod Kumar Tripathi
Clogging and Maintenance of Sustainable Micro Irrigation Systems; Juan Enciso
Estimation of Pan Evaporation Coefficients; Eric W. Harmsen, Antonio Gonz‡lez-PŽrez, and Amos Winter
Alternate Partial Root-Zone Surface Drip Irrigation for Tomato: Hydrus 2-D; Tarek Selim Abou Lila, Ronny Berndtsson, Magnus Persson, and Mohamed Somaida
Soil Moisture Distribution under Micro Irrigation; Mukesh Kumar
Web-Based Irrigation Scheduling; Eric W. Harmsen
Biometric Response of Chilli under Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices; Nadiya Nesthad, Dr. Kurien E. K., Dr. Mathew E. K., and Anu Varughese
Sustainable Micro Irrigation and Fertigation Practices in Chilli (Capsicum Annum); A. K. Pandey, A. K. Singh, A. Kumar, and S. K. Singh
Irrigation Scheduling for Sweet Pepper; Eric W Harmsen, Joel T. Colon, Carmen L. Arcelay, and Dionel C. Rodr’guez
Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices in Tomato; Balram Panigrahi
Tensiometer Based Automated Irrigation for Tomato under Plasticulture; Timothy Coolong, Susmitha S. Nambuthiri, and Richard Warner
Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices in Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa); Ajit Kumar Pandey, A.K.Singh, S.K.Singh, and Ajay Kumar
Water Use Efficiency of Micro-irrigated Citrus (Citrus reticulata var. Blanco) Tree; P. Panigrahi, A. K. Srivastava, and A. D. Huchch
Regulated Deficit Irrigation for Micro-irrigated Citrus (Citrus reticulata var. Blanco) Tree; P. Panigrahi and R. K. Sharma
Performance of Grapevines under Sustainable Irrigation Systems; Hani A. A. Mansour
Micro Irrigation Systems for Pot-in-Pot Ornamental Nursery Production; Susmitha Nambuthiri, Amy Fulcher, and Robert Geneve
Dr. Megh R. Goyal received BSc degree in engineering in 1971, MSc degree in 1977, PhD degree in 1979, and master of divinity degree in 2001. He spent a one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–03 at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Florida International University, Miami, USA. Since 1971, he has worked as lecturer/research assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and the Ohio State University, and professor – cum research agricultural engineer at Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus.
At present, he is a retired professor in agricultural and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico. He is also senior acquisitions editor for Apple Academic Press, Inc., in the areas of agricultural science and biomedical engineering, as well as senior editor-in-chief of the book series Advances in Bioengineering Research and Applications, published by AAP.
He has authored more than 200 articles in technical journals and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC; Colombia, two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation; the books Biofluid Dynamics of Human Body, Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation, Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, and Biomechanics of Artificial Organs and Prostheses; as well as the three volume series on Research Advances on Sustainable Micro Irrigation.