The Use of Thermography Images in the Description of the Humidification Bulb in Soilless Culture

Miguel Urrestarazu, Victor Gallegos, JUAN-EUGENIO ALVARO MARTINEZ-CARRASCO

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Abstract

Thermography is a tool used in many scientific disciplines, including agriculture. Determining the behavior of a nutritive solution in soilless culture containers using substrates is very important in order to establish the position of drippers, drainage holes, the use of humidification agents, and fertigation management in culture units. This paper describes the application of thermography to determine the humidification bulb in horticulture crops to rapidly diagnose the best way to advance fertigation in different horticultural substrates in soilless culture. Thermography was seen to be an excellent tool for evaluating the movement and distribution of the nutritive solution within the soilless culture container with different substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1595-1602
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis
Volume48
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Fertigation
  • horticultural substrate
  • non-invasive monitoring
  • particle size substrate
  • thermography
  • thermometry
  • wetting agent

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