Special Issue "Recent Advances in Research and Production of Ornamental Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.
Global ornamental production has faced serious challenges the past 10 years but still remains dominant within the agricultural sector. Floriculture businesses always seek new, innovative trends and niches that would guide the product sale increases. New and innovative products are always developed via academic research and experimental procedures. In this Special Issue (SI), we aim to record the most recent and novel findings in ornamental production (open field or greenhouse cultivation), propagation, irrigation, fertilization, PGR application, substrate mixtures, plant protection, sustainable and environmental friendly production at low CO2 footprints, postharvest handling and quality. Scientific research data on new species (e.g. endemic, aromatic plants, etc.) with potential ornamental value will provide the prospect of new product development. New ornamental species such as pot plants (ornamental or aromatic), cut flowers or cut foliage would be ideal. Contributions to this SI may focus on, but not be limited to, five major topics: (1) propagation of ornamental plants (e.g. in-vitro, stem cuttings, bulbs, etc), (2) innovative cultivation practices and techniques for cut flower and pot plant production (e.g. irrigation, fertilization, pest and disease management, environmental control, PGR treatments, etc), (3) new ornamental species for exploitation by the floriculture industry (endemic and aromatic plants), (4) sustainable, environmental friendly ornamental production (e.g. cultivation at low CO2 footprints, life cycle assessments, etc), and (5) postharvest handling, quality and trade (e.g. postharvest treatments, packaging, sales, etc).
Dr. Anastasios Darras
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Ornamental production
- Greenhouse cultivation
- New ornamental species
- Endemic species
- Aromatic plants
- in vitro propagation
- Stem cuttings
- Seed plugs
- Bulbous ornamental plants
- Herbaceous perennials
- Woody ornamentals
- Plant growth regulators
- Substrate mixtures
- Quality and postharvest handling
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Seasonal, functional partitioning of carbohydrates and proline among plant parts of the sand daffodil
Authors: John Pouris； Maria-Sonia Meletiou-Christou； Chrysanthi Chimona；Sophia Rhizopoulou
Affiliation: Section of Botany, Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 15784, Greece
Abstract: The sand daffodil (Pancratium maritimum L) is a perennial geophyte, widely distributed and grown in a wild stage along Mediterranean seashores. The above-ground tissues of this geophyte are exposed to harsh, ambient conditions and its large inflorescences of remarkable beauty and fragrance expand during the dry summer and carry particular ornamental worth. The ecophysiological principles underlining metabolic processes of this geophyte are poorly understood. The seasonal variation of soluble sugars, starch and proline was investigated in individuals collected from field-grown patched of P. maritimum, therefore monthly measurements were performed in bulbs, leaves, spathes and petals during the course of a year. It was found that: (a) sugar content showed similar seasonal trends between bulbs and leaves, as well as between petals and spathes, (b) bulbs contained enhanced concentrations of starch irrespective of season, (c) proline accumulation exhibited substantial seasonal fluctuations among the considered tissues and pronounced differences were detected between maxima in petals and leaves. Concerning the petals, an increase in both sugars and proline was evident during the drought season. In leaves, the accumulation of proline and, to a lesser extent, sugars fluctuate according to the seasonally of the Mediterranean region. It seems likely that flowering of P. maritimum is supported by large leaf and bulb reserves.