Hardback - £160.00

Publication date:

23 February 2021

Length of book:

442 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786764355

Soilless cultivation techniques (including hydroponic systems) have attracted growing attention as a way of growing horticultural crops more efficiently without taking up more land. These controlled environment systems are also less vulnerable to climate change and are particularly suited to urban farming as part of the shift to more localised, circular food systems.

Advances in horticultural soilless culture provides a comprehensive assessment of recent research in this important area, paying close attention to the advances in optimising substrates for soilless cultivation, as well as the developments in solid and liquid-medium container systems, fertigation systems, modelling and process control. The collection includes case studies on horticultural crops such as tomatoes, strawberries and ornamentals.

With its distinguished editor and international range of expert authors, Advances in horticultural soilless culture will be a standard reference for university and other researchers involved in horticultural science, hydroponics and soilless cultivation. It will also be a valuable resource for government and other agencies supporting vertical and urban farming systems, as well as companies involved in this sector.

Key features

  • Detailed review of advances understanding and optimising the physical, chemical and biological properties of substrates to optimise their use 
  • Strong focus on sustainability issues such as alternative, renewable sources for substrates
  • Includes case studies on practical applications of advances in science and technology for key horticultural crops
“This book, written by well-qualified scientists and edited by an internationally-distinguished expert in greenhouse horticulture, provides a valuable update of the science and the current technologies applied in soilless culture”.
Professor Dimitris Savvas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

"This book from an internationally-recognized editor and authors will be a standard reference book on soilless culture for practitioners, scientists and students. It will serve to trigger practices and innovations increasing sustainability and optimizing product quality in soilless cultivation.”
Professor Rui Machado, Universidade de Évora, Portugal

"Soilless culture is rapidly rising around the world due to its ability to deliver reliable yield, quality and produce uniformity, and is very much a technology-driven industry. However, we should also pay attention to best horticultural principles and this book promises to bring together the current best practice in technology and horticulture to create an important industry reference for all participants."
Graeme Smith CAg, Chair - International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) ‘Working Group – Hydroponics & Aquaponics’, and Vice Chair - ISHS ‘Division - Protected Cultivation and Soilless Culture’

"The contents of the book will help extend our knowledge of soilless culture, an advanced method of cultivation that combines precise control of product quality with achieving the more efficient, sustainable production we need."
Professor Miguel Urrestarazu Gavilán, University of Almería, Spain