The Growth of Bulbs: Applied aspects of the physiology of ornamental bulbous crop plant

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Elsevier, Dec 2, 2012 - Gardening - 324 pages
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The Growth of Bulbs: Applied Aspects of the Physiology of Ornamental Bulbous Crop Plants presents an account of ornamental bulbs as plants and as crops, with emphasis on scientific aspects of bulb growing, bulb treatment, and bulb forcing. While the account is biased towards British bulb growing, it also introduces bulb growing in other parts of the world, especially in the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and Japan.
The book's opening chapter discusses the origins of bulbous plants, how they became important as crop plants, and how the various forms now widely grown had been developed. This is followed by separate chapters on bulb types, structure, morphology, development and periodicity; bulb growth and productivity; flower initiation and differentiation; and the storage of bulbs. Subsequent chapters cover bulb physiology and metabolism, bulb disorders, and bulb pests and diseases. The book concludes with reflections on the form of the plant of the future.
 

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Contents

their origin and present distribution
1
Chapter 2 Bulb structure morphology development and periodicity
17
Chapter 3 Growth and productivity
45
Chapter 4 The initiation and growth of bulbs
72
Chapter 5 Flower initiation and differentiation
98
Chapter 6 The storage of bulbs
116
Chapter 7 Poststorage development
147
Chapter 8 Physiology and metabolism
184
Chapter 9 Physiological disorders
235
Chapter 10 Pests and diseases of bulbs
251
Chapter 11 The future
269
Author Index
293
Subject Index
299
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