1st Edition

Protected Cultivation Structural Design, Crop Management Modeling, and Automation

Edited By Mahesh Chand Singh, K. K. Sharma Copyright 2024
    480 Pages 16 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    480 Pages 16 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Protected cultivation - the safeguarding of crops from the harmful effects of climate change, environmentally toxic agricultural chemicals, and crop pests and diseases - is necessary for improving crop growth conditions. This new volume addresses this need by presenting valuable research on the components of protected cultivation, including climate control, modeling, automation, and economics.

    The volume offers comprehensive coverage of the many aspects of protected crop cultivation, including:

    • selecting site-specific appropriate protected structures
    • design, construction, and suitability of structures
    • improved crop cultivation techniques (shifting from conventional to modern soil-less cultivation approaches)
    • cropping sequence of vegetable crops
    • irrigation and fertigation automation
    • climate monitoring and management
    • insect pests and diseases and their management
    • greenhouse micro-climate/environments
    • economic analysis of protected cultivation
    • and more.

    The important information presented in this volume will be valuable for farming professionals, faculty and students in agricultural science, agricultural researchers and engineers, as well as for those involved in horticulture and floriculture.

    1. Protected Cultivation: Technology, Constraints, and Its Global Status

    K. K. Sharma, Shilpi Chawla, and Mahesh Chand Singh

    2. Classification and Suitability of Protected Structures

    Jagreeti Gupta, Deepa Sharma, and Aanchal Chauhan

    3. Design and Construction of Greenhouse Structures

    Sakharam Kale, Navnath Indore, Prerna Nath, Pankaj Kannaujia, and R. K. Singh

    4. Soilless Cultivation Techniques in Protected Structures

    Arti Verma

    5. Greenhouse Utilization for Vegetable Cultivation

    Chaudhari Ganesh Vasudeo, Pratapsingh Suresh Khapte, Gopal Ramdas Mahajan, Mathala Juliet Gupta, R. Ramesh, and A. R. Desai

    6. Effect of Greenhouse Microclimate on Crop Performance

    Alpana Joshi, Akansha Saxena, and Subrata K. Das

    7. Irrigation and Fertigation Systems for Protected Cultivation

    Dilip Singh Kachwaya, Harish Chandra Raturi, Anupreet Singh Tiwana and Mohd Tufail

    8. Recent Advances in Management of Diseases and Pests of Common Occurrence under Protected Cultivation

    Shideh Mojerlou

    9. Insect-Pests and Diseases in Greenhouse Cultivation and Their Biological Control

    Anjani Khulbe and Poonam Batra

    10. Conventional and Recent Approaches of Integrated Pest Management in Greenhouse Cultivation

    Sunaullah Bhat and Sandeep Kumar

    11. Geometric and Aerodynamic Characterization of Insect-Proof Screens Used in Greenhouses: Aerodynamic Models

    A. López-Martínez, F. D. Molina-Aiz, D. L. Valera, and H. Fatnassi

    12. Ventilation Models in Greenhouses

    F. D. Molina-Aiz, D. L. Valera, A. López-Martínez, and H. Fatnassi

    13. Greenhouse Climate Control for Flower Regulation in Ornamental Crops

    Rishu Sharma, Poonam Kumari and Homraj Sahare

    14. Smart Farming Technologies for Protected Cultivation

    Vishnu Prasad, Abrar Yousuf, Hasan Mirzakhaninafchi, Anurag Sathpati, and Aekesh Kumar

    15. Economic Feasibility, Status, and Future Prospects of Protected Cultivation

    S. M. Vanitha and S. C. Ravi


    Mahesh Chand Singh, PhD, is a Scientist in the Department of Soil and Water Engineering at the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology of Punjab Agricultural University, India, where he is actively engaged in teaching. He has made significant contributions to the fields of irrigation and drainage systems, remote sensing and GIS applications and protected cultivation. He has over 70 research papers published in international journals along with book chapters, popular articles, and one practical manual. He has held positions at various institutions, including Mata Gujri College, India; Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, India; ICAR-National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF); the Agricultural Science Recruitment Board (ASRB), India; and the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. Dr Singh has developed several mathematical models for predicting greenhouse microclimate under soilless cropped conditions. 

    K. K. Sharma, PhD, is a Plant Pathologist at the Dr. D.R. Bhumbla Regional Research Station of Punjab Agricultural University, India. Previously, he was an assistant professor at the Doon P.G. College of Agricultural Science and Technology, India. He has published research papers in national and international journals, practical e-manuals, book chapters, and popular articles. In addition to teaching and research, he is also engaged in various agriculture extension activities, such as agro-advisory services and transfer of technology through farmers’ training programs, and field days. He is a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals in his field.