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Optimizing yields in tomato cultivation: maximizing tomato plant use of resources Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
ByV. S. Almeida, F. T. Delazari, C. Nick, W. L. Araújo, D. J. H. Silva
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Optimizing yields in tomato cultivation: maximizing tomato plant use of resources V. S. Almeida, F. T. Delazari, C. Nick, W. L. Araújo and D. J. H. Silva, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil

1 Introduction

2 Factors affecting stomatal opening in tomato plants

3 Interaction of stomatal opening factors

4 Cultivation practices to maximize tomato plant use of resources

5 Evaluation of plant water status

6 Future trends and conclusion

7 Acknowledgements

8 References

Farmers and agronomists face the challenge of achieving sustainable production and trade of tomatoes. To meet this objective, they must aim for maximum efficiency in the use of natural resources (water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and solar radiation) and agricultural inputs (fertilizers, pesticides etc.). They must also minimize the social and environmental impacts of tomato production. To achieve these goals, proper understanding of both plant physiology and plant production systems is required.