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Soilless Culture

Metin Turan

Yeditepe University

Dr. Turan has published more than a hundred papers in reputed journals and edited 3 books. He has an h-index of 32 and his research focuses on organic fertilizers and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Turan is a scientific member of many organizations such as the Soil Science Society of Turkey, UCTEA, the International Humic Substances Society, ISOFAR, and IHSS.


Sanem Argin

Yeditepe University

Dr. Argin has been the Founding Department Head of Agricultural Trade and Management since April 2019. She obtained her Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Maryland, USA. She authored many scientific papers in prestigious international journals, book chapters and patented the "Gelatin or pectin based antimicrobial surface coating material".

Ertan Yildirim

Atatürk University

Dr. Yildirim received his Ph.D in Horticulture from the Atatürk University Erzurum, Turkey. He has an h-index of 24 and is the author of more than 200 publications. He has served as a reviewer for high impact factor journals such as Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Springer), and Acta Horticulturae (Elsevier) and is a member of many national and international social and governmental organizations such as the Turkish Society for Horticultura.

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Adem Güneş

Erciyes University

Dr. Güneş is an expert on Plant Nutrition, Plant Breeding, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Soil Chemistry, and Soil Microbiology. He has 120 papers published in international journals included in the 47 SCI with 500 citations in the Web of Science.


Vegetable Production Fruit Production Vertical Farming Greenhouse Production Soilless Medium Type Carbon and Water Footprint Plant Diseases Protection Techniques Smart Agriculture Precision Agriculture Information Technology Agriculture 4.0

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Soil is the most common growing media used for crops throughout the world as it provides adequate support, nutrition, air, and water required for the optimum growth of plants. However, today, due to climate change, soil-borne diseases, the presence of nematodes, and drainage problems, production in soil have some serious limitations, which affects the sustainability and safety of food production. The challenges facing soil-based agriculture have led to the development of soilless agriculture, which is based on the principle that plants need nutrients, rather than the soil itself. Soilless farming refers to growing a wide range of crops, particularly horticultural crops, in different growing media or in substrates other than soil (substrate culture) or in aerated nutrient solution (water culture). Soilless culture practices in the world emerged from the fact that the traditional agricultural production will not be enough to meet the food requirements that are needed for the rapidly increasing world population. The primary advantage of soilless agriculture is that it is independent of the negative effects of climate change and chemical pollution (temperature and soil intensity variations, drought, salinity, soil degradation, low biodiversity, toxicity, and diseases).

This book aims to present up-to-date information on soilless culture types; how to manage plant nutrition, fertilizer use, organic cultivation, plant diseases, and plant protection in soilless agriculture; the use of smart agricultural tools; the evaluation of carbon and water footprint as well as the economical aspects of soilless agriculture.

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Metin Turan

Yeditepe University

Metin Turan was born in Turkey, 1972, and obtained a Ph.D. in 2002 from Atatürk University, Turkey, in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. Prof. Turan is a guest lecturer at Cornell University (State University of New York) and the National Chung Hsing University, Department of Soil and Environmental Science, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC. He is currently working as a professor of Soil Ecology and Biological fertilizer in the application of biotechnology in plant breeding topics at the Yeditepe University Engineering Faculty, Genetic and Bioengineering at Istanbul, TURKEY. Professor Turan has published more than one hundred research publications. Professor Turan is a scientific member of many organizations and has chaired many conferences in Turkey and Europe.

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