Although a great deal of research on ornamental geophytes has been conducted since the beginning of the 1990s, current information has not been comprehensively presented to researchers and horticulturalists. Covering the latest advances in geophytes science, Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production provides up-to-date reviews on geophyte taxonomy, physiology, genetics, production, plant protection, and postharvest biology.
Novel approaches to environmentally-friendly, sustainable production and integrated management have stimulated new research directions, and innovative biochemical and molecular methods have opened new avenues in taxonomy and breeding. In addition to the issues historically associated with traditionally growing countries, the book reviews the development of new production centers in Africa, Asia, and South America. In 20 chapters, this book reflects three main trends in plant science and horticulture:
Thoroughly modern and in tune with the needs and methods of the geophytes industry, Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production will benefit not only researchers who have been engaged for years but also new researchers and students who must meet and challenge the existing dogmas. In addition, the information contained in this book is vital to bringing the value of flower bulbs to the worldwide consumers who are the most important and last links in the chain of utilization and profitability of all ornamental products.
Globalization of the Flower Bulb Industry
August A. De Hertogh, Johan van Scheepen, Marcel Le Nard, Hiroshi Okubo, and Rina Kamenetsky
Taxonomy and Phylogeny
Alan W. Meerow
Biodiversity of Geophytes: Phytogeography, Morphology, and Survival Strategies
Botanical and Horticultural Aspects of Major Ornamental Geophytes
Hiroshi Okubo and Dariusz Sochacki
Introduction and Development of New Ornamental Geophytes
Mark P. Bridgen
Breeding and Genetics of Ornamental Geophytes
Jaap M. van Tuyl, Paul Arens, and Agnieszka Marasek-Ciołakowska
Biotechnology for the Modification of Horticultural Traits in Geophytes
Kathryn K. Kamo, Frans A. Krens, and Meira Ziv
Rina Kamenetsky, Michele Zaccai, and Moshe A. Flaishman
Propagation of Ornamental Geophytes: Physiology and Management Systems
Anna Bach and Dariusz Sochacki
Production Chain, Forcing Physiology, and Flower Production Systems
William B. Miller
Postharvest: Cut Flowers and Potted Plants
Michael S. Reid and Cai-Zhong Jiang
Sustainable Production and Integrated Management: Environmental Issues
Gary A. Chastagner, Gordon R. Hanks, Margery L. Daughtrey, Iris Yedidia, Timothy W. Miller, and Hanu R. Pappu
Geophyte Research and Production in Asia
Geophyte Research and Production in Brazil
Antonio F. C. Tombolato, Roberta P. Uzzo, Antonio H. Junqueira, Márcia da S. Peetz, and Giulio C. Stancato
Geophyte Research and Production in Chile
Eduardo A. Olate and Flavia Schiappacasse
Geophyte Research and Production in New Zealand
Keith A. Funnell, Ed R. Morgan, Glenn E. Clark, and Joo Bee Chuah
Geophyte Research and Production in South Africa
Graham D. Duncan
Geophyte Research and Production in Turkey
Conclusions and Future Research
Rina Kamenetsky, Gary A. Chastagner, and Hiroshi Okubo
Appendix: Botanical Names Mentioned in This Book
Rina Kamenetsky, Ph.D. is Senior Scientist in the Department of Ornamental Horticulture and the Agricultural Research Organization at the Volcani Center in Bet Dagan, Israel.
Hiroshi Okubo, Ph.D. is Professor of Agricultural Botany in the Department of Plant Resources at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.
Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production edited by Rina Kamenetsky and Hiroshi Okubo is a new release from CRC Press that is a worthy successor to The Physiology of Flower Bulbs edited by De Hertogh and Le Nard in 1993. This new book addresses the recent advances in geophyte science by reviewing the current knowledge and its impact on the productivity and sustainability of the bulb industry.
… The new treatise, published in September 2012, consists of 20 chapters, coauthored by 40 leading international experts in the field. … Clearly this book will be a basic reference work in the industry and a must-have volume for researchers, students, and horticulturists.
—Reviewed by Jules Janick, Purdue University, USA, Chronica Horticulturae •Vol 53 No. 1, 2013
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