Development of Cultural Practices and Environmental Control Strategies for the Production of Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) in a Semi-Arid Climate
AuthorNelkin, Jennifer B
AdvisorSchuch, Ursula K.
Committee ChairSchuch, Ursula K.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe objective of this study was to optimize the cultural and environmental conditions necessary to produce high quality basil in a semi-arid climate during summer. Basil grown in a retractable roof greenhouse (RRGH) and full sun over two years using production systems including rockwool, containers, raised beds, vertical towers, and soil was evaluated based on biomass accumulation, morphological characteristics and quality. Photosynthetic response of basil to temperature and light was tested in a growth chamber to determine the optimum conditions that enhance photosynthesis and increase productivity. Biomass accumulation and quality of basil were affected by environment and cultural practices, with the largest quantities of highest quality basil produced in rockwool or raised beds in the RRGH. The response of basil to light and temperature indicated that highest photosynthesis during summer occurred between temperatures of 25 to 35 °C at a light intensity of 1500 μmol m⁻¹ s⁻¹.
Degree ProgramPlant Science