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Modeling electrical conductivity management in a recirculating nutrient solution under semi-arid conditions

Urrestarazu, M., Garcia, M.
Journal of plant nutrition 2000 v.23 no.4 pp. 457-468
hydroponics, electrical conductivity, nutrient solutions, greenhouses, Phaseolus vulgaris, Solanum lycopersicum var. lycopersicum, Cucumis sativus, soilless culture, salinity
Our objective was to find an experimental and theoretical relationship between the electrical conductivity (EC) of nutrient solutions applied in open and closed systems for hydroponically-grown plants in the semi-arid regions of southern Spain. The experiments took place in a plastic greenhouse end were conducted from 1995 to 1998. In the first two years, beans and cherry tomatoes were grown in the autumn and spring, respectively, and in the last year, cucumber was grown in the autumn and spring. Crops were grown in soilless culture using perlite bags. The treatments were as follows: (i) no re-use of the drainage nutrient solution, i.e., an open system, and (ii) re-use of 100% of the drainage nutrient solutions, i.e., a closed system. In our region, irrigation water EC varies from 1.2 to 0.6. In the closed system, we noted an increase in the salinity of the nutrient solution and have suggested different methods to avoid salinity in the closed system.