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Terrestrial Orchids From Seed to Mycotrophic Plant

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ISBN-10: 0521048818

ISBN-13: 9780521048811

Edition: N/A

Authors: Hanne N. Rasmussen

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Terrestrial orchids have a wide appeal, but unfortunately they rank among the most vulnerable of all plant species, and little is known about how they reproduce in nature. This book contains a detailed survey of the biology of terrestrial orchids, from seed dispersal to establishment and life of the adult plant, based on comparisons of field and culture experiments. The unusual mode of obtaining energy by means of mycorrhiza is examined and evaluated in terms of plant structure and functions, and the impact of this mycotrophic nutrition on orchid evolution. The book makes it clear that an understanding of germination, life histories and seasonal phenology in natural habitats is essential for the success of culture methods, propagation and conservation. The final chapter is a systematic presentation of the life history, endophytes, and propagation of 36 genera of terrestrial orchids. Environmental plant physiologists will find this a stimulating book; for all those who are involved in orchid horticulture the book is indispensable.
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Book details

List price: $75.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Properties of 'dust' seeds
Seed development
Seed survival
Requirements for germination
Fungi
Germination processes
Underground organs
Orchid mycorrhiza
Abiotic factors in growth and development
Life history and phenology
Propagation
Effects of orchid mycorrhiza
Descriptions of genera
Nutrient substrates mentioned in the text
Names and synonyms
References
Index