Retractable roof greenhouse: Potential for Solanaceae production in semi-arid regions.

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Title:
Retractable roof greenhouse: Potential for Solanaceae production in semi-arid regions.
Author:
Suarez-Romero, Armando
Issue Date:
2006
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:
Retractable Roof Greenhouses are a new trend in the greenhouse industry. They allow the improvement of many nursery and crop production practices in semi-arid regions. Hydroponically grown peppers and tomatoes were tested to evaluate possible year-round cultivation in this kind of structure that permits high radiation exposure. Control systems based on radiant surfaces temperatures were developed to integrate, cost effectively, the environmental factors that influence the plants' development and yield, including: air temperature, solar radiation and wind speed. Yields of 7.4 kg m⁻² and 33.0 kg m⁻² were obtained respectively for top quality pepper and tomatoes. These yields were similar or slightly lower than conventional greenhouses in the similar price range and design complexity. This makes the retractable roof greenhouse a mediocre structure for pepper and tomato production in southern Arizona. Radiant surface temperature was found to be a useful parameter for the control of the retractable roof greenhouse climate.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Agriculture, Plant Culture.; Engineering, Agricultural.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Giacomelli, Gene A.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleRetractable roof greenhouse: Potential for Solanaceae production in semi-arid regions.en_US
dc.creatorSuarez-Romero, Armandoen_US
dc.contributor.authorSuarez-Romero, Armandoen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_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.abstractRetractable Roof Greenhouses are a new trend in the greenhouse industry. They allow the improvement of many nursery and crop production practices in semi-arid regions. Hydroponically grown peppers and tomatoes were tested to evaluate possible year-round cultivation in this kind of structure that permits high radiation exposure. Control systems based on radiant surfaces temperatures were developed to integrate, cost effectively, the environmental factors that influence the plants' development and yield, including: air temperature, solar radiation and wind speed. Yields of 7.4 kg m⁻² and 33.0 kg m⁻² were obtained respectively for top quality pepper and tomatoes. These yields were similar or slightly lower than conventional greenhouses in the similar price range and design complexity. This makes the retractable roof greenhouse a mediocre structure for pepper and tomato production in southern Arizona. Radiant surface temperature was found to be a useful parameter for the control of the retractable roof greenhouse climate.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, Plant Culture.en_US
dc.subjectEngineering, Agricultural.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgriculture and Biosystems Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGiacomelli, Gene A.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1432299en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b50288350en_US
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