Climate Under Cover

  • Tadashi Takakura
  • Wei Fang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 1-10
  3. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 11-17
  4. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 19-43
  5. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 45-64
  6. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 65-83
  7. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 85-118
  8. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 119-127
  9. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 129-140
  10. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 141-152
  11. Tadashi Takakura, Wei Fang
    Pages 153-172
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 173-190

About this book


1.1. INTRODUCTION Plastic covering, either framed or floating, is now used worldwide to protect crops from unfavorable growing conditions, such as severe weather and insects and birds. Protected cultivation in the broad sense, including mulching, has been widely spread by the innovation of plastic films. Paper, straw, and glass were the main materials used before the era of plastics. Utilization of plastics in agriculture started in the developed countries and is now spreading to the developing countries. Early utilization of plastic was in cold regions, and plastic was mainly used for protection from the cold. Now plastic is used also for protection from wind, insects and diseases. The use of covering techniques started with a simple system such as mulching, then row covers and small tunnels were developed, and finally plastic houses. Floating mulch was an exception to this sequence: it was introduced rather recently, although it is a simple structure. New development of functional and inexpensive films triggered widespread use of floating mulch. Table 1.1. The use a/plastic mulch in the world (after Jouet, 2001).


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Authors and affiliations

  • Tadashi Takakura
    • 1
  • Wei Fang
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Environmental StudiesNagasaki UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics EngineeringNational Taiwan UniversityTaiwan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0846-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0583-8
  • About this book
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