Special Issue "Utilization Prospects of the Global Endemic Flora by the Floriculture Sector"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Horticultural and Floricultural Crops".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anastasios Darras
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Department of Agriculture, University of Peloponnese, 24100 Kalamata, Greece
Interests: postharvest physiology of cut flowers, diseases of ornamentals and their control, flowering regulation of ornamentals, UV-C irradiation responses, endemic ornamental and aromatic species
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Prof. Stefanos Hatzilazarou
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Laboratory of Floriculture, Department of Horticulture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: flowering plants; ornamental indoor and outdoor plants; pot plants; tissue culture; plant propagation material in floriculture; supplementary lighting; selection and use of greek native plants in floriculture; gardening
Dr. Stefanos G Kostas
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Laboratory of Floriculture, Department of Horticulture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: endemic plants; molecular markers; rooting; cuttings; seed germination; total phenols; antioxidant activity; terpenes; phenols; GC/MS; LC/MS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global ornamental production is in search of new, innovative trends and niches that will aid in an increase in product sales. In this Special Issue (SI), we aim to record the most recent and innovative practices in propagation, irrigation, fertilization, PGR application, substrate mixtures, plant protection, sustainable and eco-friendly production, biotechnology, postharvest handling, and quality of endemic plants. Scientific research on new species from the endemic flora, with a potential ornamental value, will contribute to the development of new products for the floriculture sector. Manuscripts for this SI may focus on, but not be limited to, the following eight major topics: (1) propagation (e.g., in-vitro, stem cuttings, seeds, and bulbs); (2) innovative cultivation practices and techniques (e.g., irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease management, environmental control, and PGR treatments); (3) sustainable and eco-friendly cultivation practices (e.g., CO2 footprint and life cycle assessments); (4) introduction of new species and varieties (i.e. taxonomy, molecular markers, genotype selection etc.); (5) biochemical profiles (e.g., antioxidant potential, volatile compounds, terpenes, and phenols); (6) postharvest handling and quality (e.g., postharvest treatments and packaging); (7) trade, sales, logistics, and the economic importance of new plant species and cut flowers; and (8) case studies in gardening.

Dr. Anastasios Darras
Prof. Stefanos Hatzilazarou
Dr. Stefanos G Kostas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Native plants
  • New floricultural crops
  • Flowering
  • Aromatic and pharmaceutical plants
  • In-vitro culture
  • Stem cuttings
  • Seed propagation
  • Antioxidant activity
  • GC/MS
  • Molecular markers

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Hybrids Development between Greek Salvia Species and Their Drought Resistance Evaluation along with Salvia fruticosa, under Attapulgite-Amended Substrate
Agronomy 2021, 11(12), 2401; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11122401 - 25 Nov 2021
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Aiming to obtain Salvia hybrids with ornamental value and high drought resistance, for xeriscaping, crossbreeding was made with Greek Salvia species. S. fruticosa and S. officinalis when used as seed parent were successfully crossed with S. pomifera ssp. pomifera, S. ringens and [...] Read more.
Aiming to obtain Salvia hybrids with ornamental value and high drought resistance, for xeriscaping, crossbreeding was made with Greek Salvia species. S. fruticosa and S. officinalis when used as seed parent were successfully crossed with S. pomifera ssp. pomifera, S. ringens and S. tomentosa, while when used as pollen parent it only succeeded between S. fruticosa and S. tomentosa. The growth of S. fruticosa and the four hybrids, S. officinalis × S. pomifera, S. officinalis × S. tomentosa, S. officinalis × S. ringens and S. fruticosa × S. ringens, selected for their ornamental traits, was evaluated under limited irrigation and modification of the substrate with attapulgite clay. The hybrids S. officinalis × S. ringens and S. officinalis × S. tomentosa developed a compact plant shape and most lateral shoots, desirable characteristics for potted plants and xeriscaping. All hybrids, especially S. officinalis × S. pomifera and S. officinalis × S. tomentosa, survived water stress better than S. fruticosa. Modification of the substrate with attapulgite, under limited irrigation, caused a decrease in the above ground/root biomass ratio in some hybrids and in S. fruticosa increased the dry weight of the root indicating increased drought resistance. Full article
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