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Plant Propagation: Concepts and Laboratory Exercises

Incorporates new section on general concepts of botany that includes information on anatomy and morphology of plants, physiology of ornamentals, juvenility, sexual reproduction and genetics, and breeding ornamental plants
Presents concept chapters highlighting key information and laboratory exercises including anticipated results
Includes new chapters on vegetable grafting, use of long cuttings, and the future of plant propagation
Includes a DVD containing all figures and some supplemental images in PowerPoint

By: Caula A Beyl (Editor), Robert N Trigiano (Editor)

520 pages, b/w photos, illustrations, tables, includes DVD-ROM

CRC Press

Paperback | Sep 2014 | Edition: 2 | #218127 | ISBN-13: 9781466503878
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About this book

This new edition of Plant Propagation: Concepts and Laboratory Exercises presents a robust view of modern plant propagation practices such as vegetable grafting and micropropagation. Along with foundation knowledge in anatomy and plant physiology, the book takes a look into the future and how cutting edge research may impact plant propagation practices. The book emphasizes the principles of plant propagation applied in both temperate and tropical environments. In addition to presenting the fundamentals, the book features protocols and practices that students can apply in both laboratory and field experiences.

Plant Propagation: Concepts and Laboratory Exercises shows readers how to choose the best methods for plant propagation including proper media and containers as well as performing techniques such as budding, cutting, layering, grafting, and cloning. It also discusses how to recognize and cope with various propagation challenges. Also included are concept chapters highlighting key information, laboratory exercises, anticipated laboratory results, stimulating questions, and a DVD containing all the figures in the book as well as some supplemental images.

Review of the first edition:

"[...] attractive as well as instructive, Invaluable for anyone, even novices, it can re-educate the more experienced practitioner in current concepts and techniques. The bullet point summaries beginning the chapters on concepts link to the associated practical chapters. These are great fun and should encourage confidence to tackle more complex investigations later."
– Roland Fox, Society for General Microbiology


- Introduction to Plant Propagation, Caula A. Beyl and Robert N. Trigiano

- A Brief Introduction to Plant Anatomy and Morphology, Robert N. Trigiano, Jennifer A. Franklin, and Dennis J. Gray
- Plant Physiology Concepts Important for Propagation Success, Caula A. Beyl and Govind C. Sharma
- Plant Growth Substances Used in Propagation, Caula A. Beyl, David W. Burger, and Zong-Ming Cheng
- Sexual Reproduction and Breeding, Timothy A. Rinehart, Robert N. Trigiano, Phillip A. Wadl, and Haley S. Smith
- Juvenility and Its Effect on Macropropagation and Micropropagation, Caula A. Beyl
- Chimeras, Robert M. Skirvin and Margaret A. Norton

- Propagation Structures: Types and Management, Gerald L. Klingaman
- Intermittent Mist Control for Plant Propagation, David W. Burger
- Substrates and Containers for Seed and Cutting Propagation and Transplanting, Neil S. Mattson and Amy Fulcher

- Disease Management, Alan S. Windham
- Botrytis and Other Propagation Pathogens, Mark P. McQuilken
- Disinfestation of Soil and Planting Media, James J. Stapleton
- Crop Certification Programs and the Production of Specific Pathogen-Free Plants, Danielle J. Donnelly and Adam Dale
- Building a Plant Propagator’s Integrated Pest Management Toolkit, William E. Klingeman

- Evaluation of Data from Propagation Experiments, Michael E. Compton

- Cloning Plants by Rooting Stem Cuttings, John M. Ruter
- Adventitious Rooting of Woody and Herbaceous Plants, Lori D. Osburn, Zong-Ming Cheng, and Robert N. Trigiano
- Long Cuttings: A Novel Method to Propagate Woody Plants, Wolfgang Spethmann
- Rooting Cuttings of Tropical Plants, Richard A. Criley

- Adventitious Shoot and Root Formation on Leaf and Root Cuttings, Caula A. Beyl
- Propagation by Leaf Cuttings, John L. Griffis, Jr. and Malcom M. Manners
- Propagation by Root Cuttings, Paul E. Read

- Layering, Brian Maynard

- Grafting: Theory and Practice, Kenneth W. Mudge
- Grafting and Budding with Woody and Herbaceous Species, Garry V. McDonald
- Grafting with Vegetable Plants, Chieri Kubota
- Bulbs and Plants with Special Structures
- Storage Organs, Jeffrey A. Adkins and William B. Miller
- Propagating Selected Flower Bulb Species, William B. Miller, Jeffrey A. Adkins, and John E. Preece

- Micropropagation, Michael E. Kane, Philip J. Kauth, and Scott L. Stewart
- Getting Started with Tissue Culture: Media Preparation, Sterile Technique, and Laboratory Equipment, Caula A. Beyl
- Micropropagation of Mint, Sherry L. Kitto
- Micropropagation of Tropical Root and Tuber Crops, Leopold M. Nyochembeng
- Micropropagation of Woody Plants, Robert R. Tripepi

- Seed Production, Processing and Analysis, J. Kim Pittcock
- Practices to Promote Seed Germination, Caula A. Beyl
- Producing Seedlings and Bedding Plants, Holly L. Scoggins

- Myths of Plant Propagation, Jeffrey H. Gillman
- Intellectual Property Protection for Plants, Christopher Eisenschenk
- Molecular Biology and the Future of Plant Propagation, Govind C. Sharma, Manan Sharma, and Caula A. Beyl


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Caula A. Beyl is the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee. She obtained a master's degree in horticulture and a PhD in the area of stress physiology from Purdue University. In more than 34 years as a researcher, teacher, and administrator, she has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on 42 funded research projects in various areas of horticulture, stress physiology, and space biology. Dr. Beyl has been elected as a fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science and also received the School of Agriculture Outstanding Researcher award at Alabama A&M University. In 2008, she received the Outstanding College of Agriculture Alumna award from Purdue University.

Robert N. Trigiano is a professor at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee. He received a master's degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in botany and plant pathology from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Dr. Trigiano is a member of the American Phytopathological Society and the American Society for Horticultural Science. He was elected Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science and has published more than 200 research papers, book chapters, patents, and popular press articles.

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