Development of Cultural Practices and Environmental Control Strategies for the Production of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) in a Semi-Arid Climate

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Title:
Development of Cultural Practices and Environmental Control Strategies for the Production of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) in a Semi-Arid Climate
Author:
Nelkin, Jennifer B
Issue Date:
2005
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The objective of this study was to optimize the cultural and environmental conditions necessary to produce high quality basil in a semi-arid climate during summer. Basil grown in a retractable roof greenhouse (RRGH) and full sun over two years using production systems including rockwool, containers, raised beds, vertical towers, and soil was evaluated based on biomass accumulation, morphological characteristics and quality. Photosynthetic response of basil to temperature and light was tested in a growth chamber to determine the optimum conditions that enhance photosynthesis and increase productivity. Biomass accumulation and quality of basil were affected by environment and cultural practices, with the largest quantities of highest quality basil produced in rockwool or raised beds in the RRGH. The response of basil to light and temperature indicated that highest photosynthesis during summer occurred between temperatures of 25 to 35 °C at a light intensity of 1500 μmol m⁻¹ s⁻¹.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
basil; retractable roof greenhouse; hydroponic
Degree Name:
MS
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Plant Science; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Schuch, Ursula K.
Committee Chair:
Schuch, Ursula K.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleDevelopment of Cultural Practices and Environmental Control Strategies for the Production of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) in a Semi-Arid Climateen_US
dc.creatorNelkin, Jennifer Ben_US
dc.contributor.authorNelkin, Jennifer Ben_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this study was to optimize the cultural and environmental conditions necessary to produce high quality basil in a semi-arid climate during summer. Basil grown in a retractable roof greenhouse (RRGH) and full sun over two years using production systems including rockwool, containers, raised beds, vertical towers, and soil was evaluated based on biomass accumulation, morphological characteristics and quality. Photosynthetic response of basil to temperature and light was tested in a growth chamber to determine the optimum conditions that enhance photosynthesis and increase productivity. Biomass accumulation and quality of basil were affected by environment and cultural practices, with the largest quantities of highest quality basil produced in rockwool or raised beds in the RRGH. The response of basil to light and temperature indicated that highest photosynthesis during summer occurred between temperatures of 25 to 35 °C at a light intensity of 1500 μmol m⁻¹ s⁻¹.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectbasilen_US
dc.subjectretractable roof greenhouseen_US
dc.subjecthydroponicen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePlant Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSchuch, Ursula K.en_US
dc.contributor.chairSchuch, Ursula K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGiacomelli, Geneen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKubota, Chierien_US
dc.identifier.proquest1056en_US
dc.identifier.oclc137353724en_US
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