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Typically defined as any tillage and planting system in which 30 percent or more of the crop residue remains on the soil after planting. This disturbs the soil less, and therefore allows soil carbon to accumulate. There are different kinds of conservation tillage systems, including no till, ridge till, minimum till, and mulch till.
Under field conditions, when compared to uninduced cultures of B. japonicum or genistein. This finding was made first in the field and is a classic example of serendipity in biological research. The stimulation of seed germination only by genistein induced B. japonicum cells suggests that the observed effects might be due to the LCO present in the induced cultures. We have recently shown that the major LCO of B. japonicum enhanced the germination and early growth of a variety of crop plants and the model plant Arabidopsis (Prithiviraj et al. 2000c). Similar effects were observed with a number of synthetic LCOs (unpublished results). Presoaking of seeds in LCO solutions induced rapid emergence of soybean, maize and cotton under field conditions. LCO treatments also increased early growth of maize and soybean in pot and hydroponic experiments. Irrigation of maize seedlings with LCO solution doubled variables such as leaf area, plant height, and root and shoot dry weight. When...
And consumption is fluctuating around the verge so that only the less water demanding crops are grown in Israel and the efficiency of drip irrigation became a world model. The large part of agricultural production in high demand for water is resolved by importation of these crops. This method allows covering 87 of corn consumption so that it actually imports 1,000 L of so-called virtual water in one ton of imported corn. This is one of the methods of fighting water scarcity - to take advantage of the global market and to grow water demanding crops in countries with favorable climatic conditions.
The NAM can be easily applied when the soil 15N abundance available for plant uptake is sufficiently different from atmospheric N2. The isotope effect associated with N2 fixation usually alters the 15N abundance of atmospheric N2 by no more than 2 (Bedard-Haughn et al. 2003 Shearer and Kohl 1993). Moreover, due to isotope discrimination, the 15N abundance of plant-available soil N is different from soil total N. For a correct quantification, a non-N2-fixing reference plant can be grown on the same soil and its 15N abundance analysed. Similarly, isotopic discrimination during N2 fixation can be assessed by growing a legume hydroponically (Shearer and Kohl 1993). d15N reference plant d15N fixing plant grown hydroponically x 100.
In many agricultural systems, mostly in better developed countries or regions, new technologies for water management have been successfully introduced and have increased agricultural productivity. For instance, irrigated agriculture in the Mediterranean area was introduced in ancient times and has been improved over time with experience. However, irrigation techniques have been kept in the same way for centuries in most Mediterranean countries. Inefficient flood irrigation systems, for example, can be still found in many areas of Spain and Egypt (El Gindy et al. 2001 Neira et al. 2005). Modern sprinkler and drip-irrigation systems have been introduced at great expense in some Mediterranean European regions such as Spain (MAPA 2005). ttese new techniques significantly reduce water use. As can be seen in Fig. 10.3, the Spanish productivity of irrigated crops, such as maize, has increased in the last 15 years, compared with countries like Egypt, despite the fact that the total production...
Fig. 6.6 is a schematic diagram of the use of land for plantation and wastewater land applications. As shown in the diagram, many factors are involved in the overall effect of the water cycle on plants, including land application of wastewater. In most cases, the treated wastewater is applied to the land surface via furrow-flood, sprayer, or drip irrigation. BOD5, TSS, and fecal coliform (FC) are partially removed in the conventional The leaching factor ranges from 0.05 to 0.30 depending on the crop, the amount of precipitation, and the total dissolved solids in the wastewater. For the total dissolved solids of 400 mg l or more, LR is in the range from 0.1 to 0.2. The efficiency of the irrigation system is 0.65 to 0.75 for surface irrigation systems, 0.7 to 0.8 for sprinklers, and 0.9 to 0.95 for drip irrigation systems.
Ogy, however the theoretical energy density of pumped hydro is quite low, requiring 3.7 tonnes (about 1000 gallons) of water traversing 100m of elevation to deliver 1 kWh. Pumped hydroelectric plants are consequently most viable on a large scale. The largest pumped hydro facility in the world today uses Lake Michigan and an artificial lake averaging 85m of elevation. It has a peak generating capacity of 2000 MW delivering up to 15000000 kWh over a period of about 12 hours, supplying the equivalent electric demand of about one to two million people. Roundtrip efficiencies approach 70 . At present 2 of electric demand is met by pumped hydro systems (Dowling, 1991).
Phytofiltration, a specific strategy of phytoremediation, is the use of plants to remove contaminants from water and aqueous waste streams. Three different systems (Figure 10.1) can be considered within this strategy (a) rhizofiltration (the use of hydroponically cultivated plant roots),31112 (b) constructed wetlands (CWs) and lagoons, and (c) bioadsorbents-based systems.1 The system or process termed rhizofiltration is the use of hydroponically cultivated plant roots of several terrestrial plants to absorb, concentrate, or precipitate toxic metals from polluted effluents Hydroponic cultivation of terrestrial plants Hydroponic cultivation of terrestrial plants Roots of many hydroponically grown terrestrial plants, for example, Indian mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern.), sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.), and various grasses, have proved to remove effectively toxic metals from aqueous solutions. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is one of the most promising environmental crops that is...
Maize crop (Zea mays L., hybrid PR34N43, FAO 500, Pioneer Hi-Bred) was sown at TO and NA at late spring with a density of 7.4 seeds per m2. Sorghum crop (Sorghum bicolor Moench x S. sudanense (Piper) Stapf. cv. BMR333, Societa Italiana Sementi) was sown at BA in late spring with a density of 20 plants per m2. Irrigation was made with a traveling-gun sprinkler irrigation system in TOR and with a drip irrigation tape system in NAP and BAS. Irrigation volumes were
A major tenet in water management is that input reduction is the first choice in efforts to extend water resources. The largest gains will be made in agriculture and industry, which are the biggest water users. In agriculture, irrigation accounts for most of the water used. Micro-irrigation, or drip irrigation, is a good example of an adaptive measure. Water is conveyed to crops by pipes instead of open ditches or spray devices that encourage evaporation. This method is especially effective in water-poor, arid regions where large savings in water use can be made over more conventional and extravagant irrigation methods. Similarly, industry can easily redesign production technologies that use much less water. At the domestic level,
Currently, the IPCC method does not explicitly address activities such as plastic sheeting or greenhouse hydroponic systems that may influence N2O emissions. These additional activities can be considered if appropriate, and if national activity data for these activities are collected. Some of these activities can be readily included in national inventories based on available information. For the additional commercial and noncommercial organic fertilisers, the default emission factor used for applied N may be used. Further research will be required to develop the flux data that are needed to develop emission factors for use of plastic sheeting and hydroponic systems in horticultural areas.
Management practices, such as conservation tillage, drip and trickle irrigation, and irrigation scheduling are among the short-term possibilities for preserving soil moisture. Improving irrigation efficiency is a key component of combating potentially increased water requirements. It will involve reducing water losses from storage and distribution systems, proper maintenance of irrigation systems, optimising irrigation scheduling, and using water conservation techniques such as drip irrigation. Promoting such strategies by agrometeorology will be crucial since these practices, besides preserving soil moisture, will allow farmers to reduce the cost of production (Olesen and Bindi 2004).
It was not until the study of Keppler et al (2006), described above, that the scientific community began to examine the question of vegetation as a direct source of CH4 in some detail. The first subsequent experimental study by Dueck et al (2007) grew six plant species hydroponically from seed for nine weeks inside a hermetically sealed plant growth chamber provided with 13C-labelled CO2 in order to create isotopically labelled plant material. Shoots of four species were then sealed into a continuous-flow gas exchange cuvette with a visible light (300 or 600pmol m-2 s-1) and a corresponding air temperature of
There is also room for water conservation in irrigated agriculture. Since most water withdrawals are used for irrigation, a small improvement in agricultural efficiency could provide enough extra water to satisfy growing urban demands. This argument has been convincingly applied to the California water situation, where large urban areas and productive agricultural regions compete for water from the same sources.3 Although more efficient irrigation could resolve supply problems in some areas, it may have only a modest effect in others. This is because the improvements in efficiency which are technically and economically feasible may not be sufficient to satisfy the projected increase in demand, particularly in arid and semi-arid parts of the developing world. Improvements in irrigation efficiency require investments in expensive technology (e.g., drip irrigation). Commercial farmers can afford such investments only if their operations remain profitable. Subsistence farmers are...
In soybean plants, the development and function of root nodules are markedly depressed when the nodulated roots are in direct contact with a high level of NO3 a main form of inorganic nitrogen in field. A short-term effect of presence or absence of 5 mM NO3 in culture solution on the nodule growth of hydroponically grown soybean was observed by a computer microscope. In addition, a split roots 14CC 2 tracer experiment was carried out to investigate the involvement of photosynthate partitioning to nodules and roots in relation to the NO3 inhibition of nodule growth and N2 fixation.
Because of their relatively higher vapor pressure, ether-based oxygenates in fuel will tend to volatilize from releases (nonaqueous phase) exposed to the open air more rapidly than benzene. Alcohol-based oxygenates will volatilize less rapidly than benzene. However, once fuel oxygenates enter the subsurface and become dissolved in groundwater (aqueous phase), they are significantly less volatile (lower Henry's constant) than benzene. Oxygenates are many times more soluble than benzene the concentrations of MTBE in groundwater as high as 1,000,000 pg L are not uncommon. Also, because MTBE dissolved in groundwater will partition (as a function of its soil adsorption coefficient) to the organic matter in the surrounding soil less readily than benzene, a dissolved MTBE plume typically migrates faster than a dissolved benzene plume (lower retardation factor). As a result, MTBE contamination can result in a relatively larger groundwater plume, compared with plumes originating from gasoline...
One additional area that deserves priority for new work is in emissions from irrigated agriculture. Worldwide, about 70 per cent of all water abstracted from rivers and aquifers is used for agriculture, and although only 18 per cent of agricultural land is irrigated, this land provides 40 per cent of global food production (Siebert et al, 2007). In view of the forecast upward trend in population (see above), the demand for irrigation is likely to intensify, even though some areas are predicted to experience water shortages because of climate change. The diversity, and the variation in quality, of land management systems is great, and once again there is a need for targeted research to investigate the direct EF for, for example, flood irrigation systems in hot countries in these environments, nitrification of urea fertilizer to nitrate can occur very rapidly, and the lack of sophisticated land-levelling equipment can result in variable ponding of water in parts of a field ideal...
To solve the problem, water resources management organizations were set up in Yantai City and water prices were increased, taking into account seasonal variation of scarcity. In order to save irrigation water, two measures were taken. First, drip irrigation and low pressure pump irrigation were introduced, which can save up to 90 and 30 of water, respectively. Second, earth canals were lined with concrete and open drains were replaced by pipes to decrease losses by evaporation and seepage.
Inter-row space and time space available in crops like sugar cane, banana, cotton, sorghum etc. are least utilized. With the introduction of paired row planting and drip irrigation, the potential of using an intercrop of short duration pulses or oilseeds is enormous. When there is no room for increasing any more gross area under pulses and oilseeds, this is an opportunity to increase the area under them by 10-12 million ha over years.
This is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to growing organic, healthy vegetable, herbs and house plants without soil. Clearly illustrated with black and white line drawings, the book covers every aspect of home hydroponic gardening.