By Park S. Nobel

ISBN-10: 0520231570

ISBN-13: 9780520231573

The Cactaceae relatives, with approximately 16 hundred species, is cultivated around the globe for culmination, forage, fodder, or even as a vegetable. Cacti are well-known for his or her appealing vegetation, distinct stem shapes, and skill to tolerate drought. due to their effective use of water and different diversifications, organic and agronomic curiosity in cacti has soared. those interesting crops even have a lot to educate us approximately biodiversity and conservation. but a present, artificial, wide-ranging reference on cacti has no longer been on hand in the past. This entire e-book, compiled via a well known cactus biologist, contains authoritative, up to date chapters by means of thirty-five participants from worldwide on issues starting from evolution to biotechnology. it's the first ebook of its sort to assemble details on cactus biology, ecology, and makes use of in a single handy place.

The first half the e-book presents an intensive review of cactus biology and morphology and discusses the environmental and conservation matters that have an effect on the vegetation. It incorporates a dialogue of the evolution of the kinfolk, paying specific recognition to new genetic and molecular methods. the second one half the ebook makes a speciality of the sensible issues of cultivating cacti, similar to pest regulate and ailments, horticultural and forage purposes, and strategies for agronomy. different chapters hide different markets for cacti and items which are made of them.

This precise quantity may be a competent and informative reference for ecologists and environmentalists, agriculturists, plant biologists, and someone heavily attracted to those striking plants.

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There is indeed much more to be known about the anatomy and morphology that lead to the various forms of cacti. Acknowledgment The authors gratefully thank Edward Bobich and Park Nobel for substantial contributions to the writing of this chapter. Literature Cited Anderson, E. F. 1960. A revision of Ariocarpus (Cactaceae). I. The status of the proposed genus Roseocactus. American Journal of Botany 47: 582–589. Anderson, E. F. 1961. A study of the proposed genus Roseocactus. ) 33: 122–127. Arias, S.

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