Low tunnels, production, profitability, strawberry yield
The strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is a crop of great acceptance at world level, not being the exception in Ecuador, most of the production is realized in open field, that present limitations by the attack of biotic factors and the cold be impact of abiotic factors, that generate losses in the production. In the province of Loja, since there was no precise information on this crop, and research on the use of protected systems (low tunnels), the cold be current present work was carried out with the main objective of evaluating the effect of strawberry production on the two production systems (open field and low tunnels), with Albion and Monterey varieties, as well as analyzing the costs and profitability of production. The experiment was conducted at the Agricultural Station of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, under low tunnels and open field conditions, in which the phenological and productive development of the strawberry was compared. The results found in the study in the two open field and low tunnel systems did not present a statistical difference in the physiological variables evaluated, which allow us to concluded in this case that the low tunnel cover on the crop did not influence the development of the two varieties, and in the cost-benefit analysis of production, it was higher in the low tunnel system, the investment was stronger at the beginning, but nevertheless it must be indicated that there are several productive advantages in relation to the open field that generate benefits for the strawberry producer.