The Effects of Cultivation Methods on the Nutritional Value of Vegetables

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Horticultural Science and Ornamental Plants".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 251

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Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute of Horticulture, Kauno Str. 30, 54333 Babtai, Lithuania
Interests: horticulture; vegetable; nutrition; photophysiology; stress physiology; productivity physiology; metabolism

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INRES—Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Division of Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Interests: vegetables; climate change; horticulture; soilless culture; growing media; protected cultivation; greenhouse production
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Dear Colleagues,

Vegetables play an increasingly crucial role in ensuring food and nutritional security by serving as vital sources of nutrients that are necessary for healthier diets. Vegetable farming involves a diverse range of crops, leading to significant variations in the applied agricultural methods. Modern hybrid species are distinguished by higher yields, a better appearance, easier handling, and improved marketability, often at the expense of nutritional value.

Global shifts in attitudes towards sustainability and a reduced human impact on the environment, together with the projected population growth and climate change, motivate technological development that is aimed at ensuring global food and resource security. With the rapid development of technology and science, the application of new technologies becomes extremely important in agriculture. The parameters of the handling and cultivation environment enable R&D advancements of crops through the specific impacts of research on plants’ growth, development, and metabolism. In addition, the exploration of plants’ physiological characteristics and the advancement of genetic knowledge of cultivation methods focusing on species-specific plant functioning are enabled. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight insights on cultivation methods that are applied in the open field or in a closed environment, seeking to create strategies for combating hidden hunger.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Giedrė Samuoliené
Prof. Dr. Nazim S. Gruda
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  • antioxidants
  • biofortification
  • dietary diversification
  • food fortification
  • micronutrient supplementation
  • secondary metabolites
  • vitamins

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