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Dictionary of Horticulture (Volume 4)

T K Bose (Editor) D Sanyal (Editor) M K Sadhu (Editor) G G Maiti (Editor)
Synopsis Plants of horticultural importance with numerous species and innumerable varieties and cultivars, ranging from enormous trees of more than 100 m high to small herbs, comprising fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, plantation crops, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants are of great commercial value, providing food, shelter, beverages, oil, paper, rubber, medicine and natural essential oils, etc. Numerous ornamental plants are extensively grown for beautification outdoors throughout the world, and as houseplants indoors; cut flowers constitute a major item in the beautification programme and in commercial floriculture. The plants in general, trees and shrubs in particular, many of which are of horticultural importance, are friendly to environment, contributing enormously for sustaining life on the earth by releasing oxygen, reducing the level of carbon dioxide and industrial gases that cause air-pollution and global warming, minimizing erosion, maintaining soil fertility, encouraging recreation, etc., resulting in a better environment for a better life. The cultivation practices of large number of horticulture crops, in greenhouses and outdoors, standardized through research investigations have brought about marked improvement in quality and production. Application of biotechnology has resulted in remarkable progress in the science and production technology of horticultural crops including medicinal and aromatic plants  and in developing resistance to diseases and pests through genetic transformation.  In view of the enormous importance of horticultural crops for a healthy life in a better environment, an effort was made to write a Dictionary of Horticulture. The major objective of the present endeavour is to provide useful literature in all groups of horticultural crops including those grown in warm climate. In addition to the morphological characters of many genera and thousands of species and cultivars, their uses, cultivation practices of major crops have been written keeping in view that a brief write-up may not always serve a useful purpose as a guide to production. Apart from the usual importance and priority of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, plantation crops and spices, an emphasis has been given on important medicinal and aromatic plants, many species of which are of tropical and subtropical origin. The uses and cultivation methods of many of these plants have been included. The book will be published in 10 volumes comprising about 600 pages each, with 500 to 600 illustrations in colour. The first 3 volumes have already been printed and the remaining 7 volumes will be printed at regular intervals and completed by early 2007. This multi-volume publication is expected to augment interest in general horticulture and also to provide useful information on various aspects of different groups of horticultural crops, their taxonomy, uses and production technology, with emphasis on tropical and subtropical plants.
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About the author

T K Bose

T.K. Bose, Ph.D. from Calcutta University, trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.; 1960-1972 Horticulturist and Secretary, the Agri-Horticultural Society of India; 1972-76, Reader, Calcutta University; Project Coordinator, Floriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; 1976-1996 Professor and Head Department of Horticulture, Dean Faculty of Agriculture; Director of Research – Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (State Agricultural University) West Bengal, supervised research work of 35 Ph.D. students, published more than 250 scientific and 400 popular articles; author and editor of books – Fruits: Tropical and Subtropical (2 Vols.) Vegetables Crops; Commercial Flowers; Temperate Fruits; Floriculture and Landscaping; Tropical Horticulture (2 Vols.); Biotechnology and Horticultural Crops (3 Vols.); Trees of the World (Vol. 1); Orchids of India; Garden Plants; Gardening in India; Mineral Nutrition of Fruit crops; Nutrition of Vegetable Crops; Propagation of Tropical and Subtropical Horticultural Crops.

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Title Dictionary of Horticulture (Volume 4)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.03.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Naya Udyog
Language: English
isbn 8185971625
length xvi+2446p., Illustrations