Alberto Pardossi

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This study aimed to evaluate the behavior of zucchini (Cucurbita pepo L.) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) under boron (B) excess. Plants were grown under greenhouse conditions in a sandy soil–peat mixture using a nutrient solution containing 0.2 (control), 10 and 20 mg L−1 B. Visible symptoms were quantified and leaf B accumulation, gas exchanges,(More)
FLOW-AID has the objective to develop and test an irrigation management system that can be used under deficit, when water availability and quality are limited. It intends to use innovative, but simple and affordable concepts usable for a variety of irrigation setups and constraints. Amongst others, it focuses on development of low-power wireless sensor(More)
Crop irrigation uses more than 70% of the world's water, and thus, improving irrigation efficiency is decisive to sustain the food demand from a fast-growing world population. This objective may be accomplished by cultivating more water-efficient crop species and/or through the application of efficient irrigation systems, which includes the implementation(More)
Boron (B) toxicity is an important agricultural problem in arid environments. Excess edaphic B compromises photosynthetic efficiency, limits growth and reduces crop yield. However, some purple-leafed cultivars of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) exhibit greater tolerance to high B concentrations than do green-leafed cultivars. We hypothesised that foliar(More)
Process-based modelling approaches developed for field crops were adapted to address the behaviour of indoor-grown soil-less lettuce under alternative growth conditions. The equations for crop growth and development were simplified to common and consistent terms, redesigned against the peculiarities of a controlled environment and implemented into an(More)
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The shelf-life of fresh-cut tomatoes mainly depends on loss of tissue integrity and firmness that occurs also in intact fruits after long-term cold storage due to chilling injury. Round-fruit tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) cv. Jama were stored in 1.1-L plastic (polyethylene) fresh-cut produce containers as 10.0-mm-thick tomato slices and as intact(More)
There is a wide variability in plant tolerance to boron (B) toxicity, which is often associated with the ability to limit B accumulation. This study was conducted on two cultivars of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) with different B tolerance: ‘Tigullio’, less tolerant and with green leaves; ‘Red Rubin’, more tolerant and with purple leaves. The main goal(More)
Five in vitro culture systems with different ventilation rates were used to investigate the influence of vessel environment on photosynthesis, dark respiration, ethylene evolution, and rosmarinic acid (RA) production in sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) micropropagated shoots. The systems under comparison were two bioreactors with either temporary (RITA™)(More)
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