"In this thoughtfully arranged, thoroughly referenced textbook, Welbaum (Virginia Tech) provides a comprehensive overview of vegetable production systems, from field production to protected culture and hydroponics. In the crop-specific chapters (which are organized by plant family) that comprise the majority of the text, the author not only provides cultural information but also discusses crop origins and botany, nutritional values, and global economic importance of both major and minor crops. In addition to examining production topics, including tillage and cropping systems, stand establishment, and nutrition, Welbaum provides engaging discussion of organic and conventional crop production systems and vegetable safety issues, such as pesticide residues and microbial contamination. Online supplementary content is unfortunately limited to color versions of all figures from the text. This is an excellent resource.
--R. M. Warner, Michigan State University
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, technical students, professionals."