Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production

Rina Kamenetsky, Hiroshi Okubo

September 17, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 597 Pages - 172 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439849248 - CAT# K12227


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    • Presents recent data on disease resistance, genetics, physiology, and molecular biology of ornamental geophytes
    • Classifies ornamental geophytes based on modern molecular studies
    • Contains modern approaches in sustainable production, integrated management, and postharvest biology of ornamental geophytes
    • Analyses globalization and emerging production regions including Asia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Turkey, and South Africa
    • Explores the connection between science and industry—data on national and international flower bulb organizations


    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:

    1. A demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly production
    2. Widespread employment of new molecular technologies
    3. The globalization of the production and marketing chains

    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.

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