688 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs
For one or two semester courses in Horticulture, Horticultural Science, or Plant Science. This comprehensive introduction to the emerging discipline of sustainable horticulture provides students with the foundations of horticultural science that underlie all forms of horticulture-from conventional through sustainable to organic. The practice of sustainable horticulture is designed to preserve agricultural resources and to prevent environmental damage to the farm and offsite land, water, and air. Production, profits, and incentives must remain at optimal levels, and the system must function in the context of socioeconomic realities. This text leads students through these practices and production, and provides the necessary information to support a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly horticulture.
I. INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE. 1. Moving to Sustainability. II. INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE. 2. Plant Names. 3. Plant Parts and Functions. 4. Plant Processes. 5. Plant Development. 6. Plants and Their Environment. III. INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES. 7. Plant Propagation. 8. Conventional Horticultural Crop Breeding. 9. Biotechnology. 10. Energy and the Food System. 11. Sustaining Soil, Water, and the Environment. 12. Home Horticulture Basics. 13. Managing Enclosed Plant Environments. 14. Controlling Growth by Physical, Biological, and Chemical Means. 15. Plant Protection. IV. INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTION. 16. Ornamental Horticulture. 17. Vegetables and Herbs. 18. Fruits and Nuts. Index.
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