While ornamental plants are produced mainly for their aesthetic value, the propagation and improvement of quality attributes such as leaf types, flower colour and fragrance, longevity and form, plant shape and architecture, and the creation of novel variation are important economic goals for the expanding ornamental industry.
In this book, leading researchers in the field compile step-wise protocols for rapid plant multiplication and in vitro storage of major commercially viable ornamental plants. Divided into two sections, the first section contains chapters mainly on micropropagation of cut and pot flowers with detailed protocols involving in vitro culture-explants, medium preparation, detailed medium table, shoot initiation and proliferation, root induction, in vitro plant hardening and field transfer.
The second section delves into reviews on topics such as in vitro production of sweet peas, the status of transgenics in ornamental plants, in vitro conservation, the status of floriculture in Europe, azalea phylogeny and thin cell layers.
Section A: 1. Micropropagation and Organogenesis of Anthurium andreanum Lind cv. Rubrun Oropeza Maira, Mejias Alexander, and Teresa Edith Vargas 2. A Highly Efficient Protocol for Micropropagation of Begonia tuberous Duong Tan Nhut, Nguyen Thanh Hai, and Mai Xuan Phan 3. Micropropagation of Vanda teres (Roxb.) Lindle M. Firoz Alam, Pinaki Sinha, and M. Lokman Hakim 4. In Vitro Propagation Through Axillary Shoot Culture of Ranunculus asiaticus L. Margherita Beruto 5. Micropropagation of Crataeva adansonii D.C. Prodr: An Ornamental Avenue Tree Purnima Tyagi, P.K. Sharma, and S.L. Kothari 6. Strategies for the Micropropagation of Bromeliads Miguel Pedro Guerra and Lirio Luiz Dal Vesco 7. Micropropagation of Poinsettia by Organogenesis Marcos Castellanos, J. Brian Power, and Michael R. Davey 8. Micropropagation of Phalaenopsis Blume Pinaki Sinha, M. Firoz Alam, and M. Lokman Hakim 9. Genetic Transformation of Carnation (Dianthus caryophylus L.) Chalermsri Nontaswatsri and Seiichi Fukai 10. Matrix Supported Liquid Culture and Machine Vision Analysis of Regenerated Shoots of Gladiolus S. Dutta Gupta and V.S. S. Prasad 11. In Vitro Propagation of Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) Jose L. Casas, Enrique Olmos, and Abel Piqueras 12. In Vitro Propagation of Jasminum officinale L.: A Woody Ornamental Vine Yielding Aromatic Oil from Flowers Sabita Bhattacharya and Sanghamitra Bhattacharyya 13. Micropropagation of Lysionotus pauciflorus Maxim. (Gesneriaceae) Toshinari Godo, Yuanxue Lu, and Masahiro Mii 14. Micropropagation of Rhododendron Tom Eeckhaut, Kristien Janssens, Ellen De Keyser, and Jan De Riek 15. In Vitro Regeneration and Multiplication of Passiflora hybrid 'Guglielmo Betto' Luca Pipino, Luca Braglia, Annalisa Giovannini, Giancarlo Fascella, and Antonio Mercuri 16. In Vitro Propagation of Rose Pratap Kumar Pati, Navtej Kaur, Madhu Sharma, and Paramvir Singh Ahuja 17. In Vitro Propagation of Chrysanthemum Diana Nencheva 18. Micropropagation of Codiaeum variegatum (L.) Blume and Regeneration Induction via Adventitous Buds and Somatic Embryogenesis Silvia Radice 19. Methods for in vitro Propagation of Pelargonium x hortorum and Others: From Meristems to Protoplasts Noelle Dorion, Hatem Ben Jouira, Anthony Gallard, Anber Hassanein, Mazen Nassour, and Agnes Grapin 20. Marigold Regeneration and Molecular Analysis of Carotenogenic Genes Alma Angelica Del Villar-Martinez, Pablo Emilio Vanegas-Espinoza, and Octavio Paredes-Lopez 21. Somatic Embryogenesis in in vitro Culture of Leucojum vernum L. Agata Ptak 22. In Vitro Propagation of Australian Native Ornamental Plant, Scaevola Chui Eng Wong and Prem L. Bhalla 23. Micropropagation of Tulip: Production of Virus-free Stock Plants Malgorzata Podwyszynska and Dariusz Sochacki 24. In Vitro Propagation of Ornamental Myrtus (Myrtus communis) Barbara Ruffoni, Carlo Mascarello, and Marco Savona 25. Sunflower Propagation M. L. Mayor, G. Nestares, T. Vega, R. Zorzoli, and L. A. Picardi 26. Clonal Propagation of Cyclamen persicum via Somatic Embryogenesis Traud Winkelmann Section B: 27. In Vitro Production of Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus L.) Via Axillary Shoots Sergio J. Ochatt, C. Conreux, and L. Jacas 28. In vitro Conservation and Cryopreservation of Ornamental Plants Maurizio Lambardi, Elif Aylin Ozudogru, and Alberto Previati 29. Genetic Engineering of Novel Flower Colors in Floricultural Plants: Recent Advances via Transgenic Approaches Masahiro Nishihara and Takashi Nakatsuka 30. Azalea Phylogeny Reconstructed by Means of Molecular Techniques Ellen De Keyser, Valentina Scariot, Nobuo Kobayashi, Takashi Handa, and Jan De Riek 31. Status of Floriculture in Europe Johan Van Huylenbroeck 32. Thin Cell Layers: Power-Tool for Organogenesis of Floricultural Crops Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva