Biotechnology of Orchids
Biotechnology of Orchids attempts to assimilate all the necessary information regarding orchids and plant biotechnology. About 650 research papers and books have been referred and cited in the book and the protocols developed for more than 260 orchid cultivars are reviewed. History, uniqueness, habit, habitat, orchid seed and their germination, distribution, evolutionary status, hybridization, registration of hybrids, taxonomy, methods of cultivation and orchid-mycorrhizal association are discussed to the extent necessary for a scientist. The status of world floriculture industry and India s position is also explained. The next focus of the book is on plant biotechnology. History, prospects, potentials and techniques are discussed in detail. Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Orchids and floriculture. 3. Mycorrhizal association in orchids. 4. Introduction to biotechnology. 5. Genetically engineered and modified plants. 6. Transgenesis. 7. Application of biotechnology in horticulture cell and protoplast culture and somatic hybridization. 8. Biotransformation of orchids. 9. Protoplast isolation, fusion and culture in orchids. 10. Cytological techniques. 11. Micropropagation of orchids. 12. Protocols for the in vitro propagation of some orchid hybrids. 13. Tables. 14. Endangered orchids of western ghats. References. Index.