Sustainable horticulture is gaining increasing attention in the field of agriculture as demand for the food production rises to the world community. Sustainable horticultural systems are based on ecological principles to farm, optimizes pest and disease management approaches through environmentally friendly and renewable strategies in production agriculture. It is a discipline that addresses current issues such as food security, water pollution, soil health, pest control, and biodiversity depletion. Novel, environmentally-friendly solutions are proposed based on integrated knowledge from sciences as diverse as agronomy, soil science, entomology, ecology, chemistry and food sciences.
Sustainable horticulture interprets methods and processes in the farming system to the global level. For that, horticulturists use the system approach that involves studying components and interactions of a whole system to address scientific, economic and social issues. In that respect, sustainable horticulture is not a classical, narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable horticulture treats problem sources.
Section A: Sustainable Horticultural Systems
1. Sustainable Vegetable Production Systems in the Caribbean; Velta Fenis-Napoleaon, Dilip Nandwani
2. Horticulture Based Production Systems in Indian Arid Regions; D.C. Bhandari et al.
3. Principles and practices of sustainable vegetable production systems; Ajay Nair et al.
4. A Small Integrated Farm System in a Tropical Insular Environment of Guam - A Case Study; Mari Marutani, John Brown
5. Impacts of Vulnerabilities and Climate Change on Sustainable Agriculture for Caribbean Small Island Developing States (CSIDS); Rohanie Maharaj, Dimple Singh-Ackbarali
Section B : Biodiversity in Sustainable Horticultural Systems
6. Agroforestry in the Caribbean, Traditional Systems, both Sustainable and Biodiverse; Michael Morgan, Thomas Zimmermann
7. Role of Horticulture in Biodiversity Conservation; Nidhi Gupta, Ashwani Kumar
8. Avocado History, Biodiversity and Production; Tomas Ayala Silva, Noris Ledesma
9. Orchid fruit diversity at Puebla Mexico: A new insight into the biodiversity of a fragmented ecosystem with need for conservation and potential for horticultural exploitations in future; William Cetzal-Ix et al.
Section C : Breeding and Improvement in Sustainable Horticultural Systems
10. Advances in Microbial Insect Control in Horticultural Ecosystem; Shaohui Wu et al.
11. Plant Breeding: A Tool for Achieving Food Sufficiency; M.K.Osei et al.
12. Transcriptome analysis of Musa and its applications in banana improvement; S. Backiyarani et al.
13. Commiphora wightii (Arnott.)Bhandari in the Indian Desert: Biology, Distribution and Threat Status; R. N. Kulloli, Suresh Kumar
14. Risk Assessments and Management Practices for the Major Invasive Plants Recorded in the Horticultural Ecosystem on Western Pacific; Gadi V.P. Reddy
15. Genetic Resources of Vegetable Crops: Indian Perspective; Anjula Pandey
16. Plant Disease Prevention and Management in Sustainable Agricultural Systems; Koon-Hui Wang, Janice Uchida
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Dr. Dilip Nandwani (born 1965) did his M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) from the University of Jodhpur (now Jai Narayan Vyas University), Jodhpur, India. He joined the Tennessee State University as Associate Professor in 2014. Prior to joining Tennessee State University, he served University of the Virgin Islands (2011-2013) as Research Associate Professor and Program Leader (Horticulture). He worked with Land Grant institutions in the American Pacific for a decade and served as Program Leader in Crop Production and Improvement. Dr. Nandwani has several years of research, extension and education experience in plant and horticultural sciences. He has published 103 articles (peer-reviewed, extension booklets and conference proceedings) in internationally recognized journals. Dr. Nandwani is Certified Professional Horticulturist from American Society for Horticultural Science, worked with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-GEF) as Regional Advisor, International Agriculture Development and earned five awards, $2.2M grants from regional, national and international organizations, and presented research papers in a two dozen countries.