Achieving sustainable cultivation of ornamental plants

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Achieving sustainable cultivation of ornamental plants Editor: Emeritus Professor Michael Reid Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 444 Illustrations and other contents: Color tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786763280 Categories: , , ,

Ornamental plants are plants grown for decorative purposes. They include cut flowers, bulbs, potted plants, shrubs and trees for gardening and landscape design. Like other crops, ornamentals face challenges such as biotic and abiotic stresses as well as the need to develop more sustainable, ‘climate-smart’ methods of cultivation. This collection reviews the rich range of research addressing these challenges. Part 1 discusses advances in understanding plant physiology, genetic diversity and breeding techniques. Chapters cover recent research on how plants respond to abiotic stress, ways of exploiting genetic diversity to improve target traits, advances in both conventional and marker-assisted breeding techniques, as well as their use to produce abiotic stress-resistant varieties. Part 2 surveys advances in cultivation techniques in such areas as nutrition, irrigation, protected cultivation and post-harvest storage. The book also includes chapters on developments in integrated disease and pest management.

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Author Biography

Dr Michael Reid is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Horticulture in the University of California-Davis, USA. Professor Reid is also Leader for Technology and Innovation at the US Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture which seeks to support smallholder horticulture in the developing world. He has an international reputation for his work on understanding senescence in cut flowers and how this understanding can be used to maintain post-harvest quality. Amongst his Awards are the Alex Laurie Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Alan Armitage Award from the Speciality Cut Flower Growers Association. He has authored over 250 publications, is former Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Horticulturae and has worked with growers in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Central and South America as well as in the USA.