Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Management, Performance, and Applications of Micro Irrigation Systems
Senior Editor-in-Chief: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE

Management, Performance, and Applications of Micro Irrigation Systems

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: August 2014
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880695
Pages: 374 pages with index
Binding Type: hardbound
Series: Research Advances in Sustainable
Micro Irrigation

Volume: 4

Management, Performance, and Applications of Micro Irrigation Systems, the fourth volume in the Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation series, emphasizes sustainable and meaningful methods of irrigation to counter rampant water scarcity in many parts of the world that significantly affects crop yield, crop quality, and, consequently, human quality of life.

This important volume presents the best management practices in sustainable micro irrigation, with the goal of increasing crop yield and quality and conserving water. The practices described are practical and attainable and are based on research and studies from many areas of the world, including India, South Africa, and other areas. The applications described can be adapted and applied to many regions with a critical need to address the water crisis in crop production.

The practices and applications presented include:

  • partial root-zone surface drip irrigation
  • effective maintenance techniques
  • web-based irrigation scheduling
  • water use efficiency methods
  • the use of flushing and filtration systems
This valuable book is a must for those struggling to find ways to address the need to maintain efficient crop production in the midst of water shortages. With chapters from hands-on experts in the field, the book will be an invaluable reference and guide to effective micro irrigation methods.

1. Adoption of Sustainable Micro Irrigation in India: Factors and Policies
D. Suresh Kumar

2. Impact of Drip Irrigation on Farming System: Evidence from Southern India

D. Suresh Kumar and K. Palanisami

3. Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation in India

R. K. Sivanappan

4. Research Advances in Sustainable Irrigation Methods for Efficient Water Application: South Africa

Felix B. Reinders

5. Performance of Irrigation Systems in South Africa

Felix B. Reinders

6. Impact of Flushing and Filtration System on Performance of Micro Irrigation Systems

Vinod Kumar Tripathi

7. Clogging and Maintenance of Sustainable Micro Irrigation Systems

Juan Enciso

8. Estimation of Pan Evaporation Coefficients

Eric W. Harmsen, Antonio González-Pérez, and Amos Winter

9. Alternate Partial Root-Zone Surface Drip Irrigation for Tomato: Hydrus 2-D

Tarek Selim Abou Lila, Ronny Berndtsson, Magnus Persson, and Mohamed Somaida

10. Soil Moisture Distribution under Micro Irrigation

Mukesh Kumar

11. Web-Based Irrigation Scheduling

Eric W. Harmsen

12. Biometric Response of Chilli under Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices

Nadiya Nesthad, Dr. Kurien E. K., Dr. Mathew E. K., and Anu Varughese

13. Sustainable Micro Irrigation and Fertigation Practices in Chilli (Capsicum Annum)

A. K. Pandey, A. K. Singh, A. Kumar, and S. K. Singh

14. Irrigation Scheduling for Sweet Pepper

Eric W Harmsen, Joel T. Colon, Carmen L. Arcelay, and Dionel C. Rodríguez

15. Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices in Tomato

Balram Panigrahi

16. Tensiometer Based Automated Irrigation for Tomato under Plasticulture

Timothy Coolong, Susmitha S. Nambuthiri, and Richard Warner

17. Sustainable Micro Irrigation Practices in Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa)

Ajit Kumar Pandey, A.K.Singh, S.K.Singh, and Ajay Kumar

18. Water Use Efficiency of Micro-irrigated Citrus (Citrus reticulata var. Blanco) Tree

P. Panigrahi, A. K. Srivastava, and A. D. Huchch

19. Regulated Deficit Irrigation for Micro-irrigated Citrus (Citrus reticulata var. Blanco) Tree

P. Panigrahi and R. K. Sharma

20. Performance of Grapevines under Sustainable Irrigation Systems

Hani A. A. Mansour

21. Micro Irrigation Systems for Pot-in-Pot Ornamental Nursery Production

Susmitha Nambuthiri, Amy Fulcher, and Robert Geneve


About the Authors / Editors:
Senior Editor-in-Chief: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc. email:

Dr. Megh R. Goyal received BSc degree in engineering in 1971, MSc degree in 1977, PhD degree in 1979, and Master of Divinity degree in 2001. He spent a one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–03 at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Florida International University, Miami, USA. Since 1971, he has worked as Lecturer/Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and the Ohio State University, and Professor – cum Research Agricultural Engineer at Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus.

At present, he is a retired professor in agricultural and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico. He is also Senior Acquisitions Editor for Apple Academic Press, Inc., in the areas of agricultural science and biomedical engineering, as well as Senior Editor-in-chief of the book series Advances in Bioengineering Research and Applications, published by AAP.

He has authored more than 200 articles in technical journals and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC; Colombia, two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation; the books Biofluid Dynamics of Human Body, Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation, Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, and Biomechanics of Artificial Organs and Prostheses; as well as the three volume series on Research Advances on Sustainable Micro Irrigation. Readers may contact him at

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