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Ornamental Geophytes

From Basic Science to Sustainable Production, 1st Edition

Edited by Rina Kamenetsky, Hiroshi Okubo

CRC Press

598 pages | 172 B/W Illus.

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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.


"Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Productionedited 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

Table of Contents

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

Rina Kamenetsky

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


Hiroshi Okubo

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

Seiichi Fukai

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

Ibrahim Baktir

Conclusions and Future Research

Rina Kamenetsky, Gary A. Chastagner, and Hiroshi Okubo

Appendix: Botanical Names Mentioned in This Book


About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General