Ornamental Crops

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J. van Huylenbroeck
Springer, Jan 1, 2018 - Gardening - 887 pages
Ornamental plants are economically important worldwide. Both growers and consumers ask continuously for new, improved varieties. Although there are numerous ornamental species, ornamental plant breeding and plant breeding research is mainly limited to some major species. This book focuses on the recent advances and achievements in ornamental plant breeding. The first part of the book focuses on plant traits and breeding techniques that are typical for ornamental plants. Eminent research groups write these general chapters. For plant traits like flower colour or shape, breeding for disease resistance and vase or shelf life are reviewed. General technical plant breeding chapters deal with mutation breeding, polyploidisation, in vitro breeding techniques and new developments in molecular techniques. The second part of the book consists of crop-specific chapters. Here all economically major ornamental species are handled together with selected representative species from different plant groups (cut flowers, pot plants, woody ornamental plants). In these crop-specific chapters, the main focus is on recent scientific achievements over the last decade.
 

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Contents

The Role of Biodiversity and Plant Conservation for Ornamental Breeding
1
The Genetic Basis of Floral Organ Identity and Its Applications in Ornamental Plant Breeding
13
Flower Color and Its Engineering by Genetic Modification
29
Breeding and Genetics for Shelf and Vase Life
63
Breeding for Disease Resistance in Ornamentals
96
Plant Tissue Culture Techniques for Breeding
127
Ploidy Breeding in Ornamentals
145
Mutation Breeding in Ornamentals
174
Fuchsia
382
Gerbera
407
Helleborus
439
KalanchoŽ
453
Lilium
480
Limonium
513
Ornamental Pepper
529
Phalaenopsis
566

New Developments in Molecular Techniques for Breeding in Ornamentals
213
Alstroemeria
231
Azalea
237
Caladium
272
Calathea
301
Chrysanthemum
319
Dianthus
349
Primula
627
Ranunculus
648
Rhododendron
673
Rose
719
Tulip
768
Woody Ornamentals of the Temperate Zone
803
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