An English version of the book ‘Plantkunde onder Glas (‘Plant Physiology in Greenhouses’) is expected for publication in January 2015.
Authors: Ep Heuvelink (associate professor HPC) and Tijs Kierkels (journalist)
Cultivation and cultivation techniques have changed a lot over the course of the years. Now growers use one or sometimes more computers to control the climate as well as the watering and fertilisation. Often it goes even further. In recent years, the number of possible measurements has grown significantly. Measuring plant temperature instead of air temperature is a big leap forward.
Growers and technicians now talk about fogging, cooling, heating, horizontal and vertical air movement, slab temperature and even root temperature. Researchers already think in terms of 'talking plants' when measuring plant vitality.
Due to all these technical possibilities the need for a good understanding of plant physiology has clearly risen. For this reason the editors of In Greenhouses magazine brought together the knowledge of university senior lecturer Ep Heuvelink of the Horticulture and Product Physiology group and the skills of freelance journalist and writer Tijs Kierkels in a series of plant physiology articles that started in 2004. The result: Easy-to-read, yet in-depth articles.
In 2009 the first 50 articles were combined and published in a Dutch book ('Plantkunde onder glas'). Due to large demand an English version of this book is planned to be published by In Greenhouses on 1 January 2015.
For more information check the In Greenhouses website.