Plasticulture Engineering and Technology
The utilization of successful plasticulture engineering technology can ideally optimize crop yields and provide both economic and environmental benefits, such as reducing the need for water and fertilizer. This book discusses the myriad important aspects of crop production that utilize plastic, such as micro-irrigation, water management, plastic mulch films, protected cultivation and low tunnels, crop covers, canal linings, silage bags, and more. It also examines the latest methods for vertical farming and technological aspects, such as smart agriculture using the internet of things (IoT).The current state of the art, as well as potential future uses,ofplastics isdiscussed in addition to the benefits and limitations of plastics applications in agriculture generally.
- Illustrates application of plastic in protected cultivation, water management, aquaculture, and hi-tech horticulture using innovative technologies to enhance water use efficiency and crop productivity
- Presents precision farming for climate-resilient technologies
- Includes real-world examples to present practical insights of plastic engineering for climate change mitigation strategies.
Plasticulture Engineering and Technology will serve as a useful resource for students, professionals, and researchers in agriculture and agricultural engineering, hydrology, hydraulics, water resources engineering, irrigation engineering, and environmental science.
Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. Plastic Film Properties. Chapter 3. Micro-Irrigation. Chapter 4. Design and Components of Micro Irrigation. Chapter 5. Application of Plastic for Water Management. Chapter 6. Soil Conditioning and Solarization Using Plastics. Chapter 7. Irrigation Scheduling to Enhance Water Use Efficiency. Chapter 8. Plastics for Crop Protection. Chapter 9. Plastics in Drying and Storage. Chapter 10. Plastics in Aquaculture. Chapter 11. Plastics in Animal Husbandry. Chapter 12. Plastics as Cladding Material. Chapter 13. Plastics in Postharvest Management. Chapter 14. Plastics in Horticulture. Chapter 15. Plastic Mulching. Chapter 16. Hydroponics and Vertical Farming. Chapter 17. Design of Protected Structures. Chapter 18. Application of Plastic in Farm Machinery. Chapter 19. Smart Farming Using Internet of Things (IoT). Sample Question papers.