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Cacti: Botany, Culture and Uses

Supriya Kumar Bhattacharjee (Author)
Synopsis The present book has been organized in such a way that it will be useful not only for the amateurs, students and teachers, but also for the commercial growers of cacti. The aim for writing this book has been two fold : first is to show that cultivation, multiplication and care of these plants is not difficult or expensive, and second is to introduce to the vast variety of forms, characteristics and colours found in the large number of species, which exist in this race. More than 145 genera have been discussed here, covering nearly 1,160 species, all arranged as per the botanical classification of the family under various tribes and subtribes. An integrated and comprehensive account of nomenclature, description, classification, habitat and distribution, morphological types, cultivation, propagation, pests and diseases management, importance and uses has been incorporated. It is hoped that the information furnished in this book will make it easier to identify Cacti and make their cultivation thorough and satisfying.
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About the author

Supriya Kumar Bhattacharjee

Prof. S.K. Bhattacharjee is an eminent scientist in the field of horticulture, retired as Project Coodinator, all India Coordinated Research Project on Floriculture, Indian council of Agricultural Research, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, on January 31, 2003. He obtained his M.Sc. (Ag.) in Horticulture from Calcutta University. He is also a diploma holder in Business Management and Industrial Administration, United Nations studies and Landscape Architecture. He has 38 years research, teaching, management, developmental and administrative experience in private organisations, Indian Botanic Gardens, Botanical Survey of India, State Agricultural Universitites and ICAR Institutes. He was Head of the Division of Medicinal and Aromatic Crops, Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bangalore. He has also served as Professor of Horticulture and Professor in charge, North Bengal Campus, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Visvavidyalaya, Cooch-Behar, West Bengal, which has later converted into a full-fledged Agricultural University presently named as Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya. While serving in private organisations, he has laid out many landscape gardens in different agro-climatic conditions of the country, collected a wide range of indigenous and exotic plants from India and abroad and propagated tem on a large scale for use in gardens. Prof. Bhattacharjee has visited several foreign countries. He has published about 400 research papers and popular scientific articles in journals of national and international repute. He is the author of seven books among which Advanced commercial Floriculture, Handbook of Medicinal Plants have been widely acclaimed and well-received.

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Title Cacti: Botany, Culture and Uses
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171640435
length viii+220p., Figures; Plates; Appendix; Index; 26cm.