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Vegetable Grafting

Vegetable Grafting

Principles and Practices

Edited by G Colla, DAFNE, Italy, F Pérez-Alfocea, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain, D Schwarz, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany

June 2017 / Hardback / 298 Pages / 9781780648972 £87.50 / €113.00 / $144.00
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Main Description

This book provides comprehensive, current scientific and applied practical knowledge on vegetable grafting, a method gaining considerable interest that is used to protect crops from soil-borne diseases, abiotic stress and to enhance growth/yield. Though the benefits of using grafted transplants are now fully recognized worldwide, understanding the rootstock-scion interactions under variable environmental pressures remains vital for grafting-mediated crop improvement. In this book the authors attend to this need and explain the reasons for, and methods and applications of, grafting.

Vegetable Grafting: Principles and Practices covers:
· rootstock breeding, signalling, and physiological and molecular mechanisms involved in grafting;
· beneficial effects of grafting including reducing disease damage and abiotic stress;
· side effects relating to the impact of grafting on fruit quality; and
· practical applications and speciality crops.

Including high-quality colour images and written by an international team of expert authors, this book provides up-to-date scientific data and is also concerned with translating science to the field. It is an essential resource for researchers, advanced technicians, practitioners and extension workers.

  • 1: Introduction to vegetable grafting
  • 1.1: Importance and use of vegetable grafting
  • 1.2: The process of vegetable grafting
  • 1.3: Problems associated with vegetable grafting
  • 1.4: Conclusions
  • 2: Genetic resources for rootstock breeding
  • 2.1: Genetic diversity
  • 2.2: Genebank collections
  • 2.3: Current usage of genetic material in rootstocks
  • 2.4: Germplasm collection of other plant families
  • 2.5: Concluding remarks
  • 3: Rootstock breeding: current practices and future technologies
  • 3.1: Introduction
  • 3.2: Stacking traits: meiosis or grafting or both?
  • 3.3: Developing stable, core collections of germplasm for breeding
  • 3.4: Deploying genetic diversity for rootstocks
  • 3.5: Grafting as a tool for genetic hybridisation and chimera production
  • 3.6: Selection of improved rootstocks
  • 3.7: Transgenic rootstocks
  • 3.8: Rootstock registration and commercialization
  • 4: Rootstock-scion signalling: key factors mediating scion performance
  • 4.1: Introduction
  • 4.2: Current knowledge of ionic and chemical signalling between rootstock and scion
  • 4.3: Conclusions
  • 5: Physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying graft compatibility
  • 5.1: Introduction
  • 5.2: Anatomical and physiological steps during graft union development
  • 5.3: Role of secondary metabolites at the interface in graft incompatibility
  • 5.4: Cell-to-cell communication between graft partners
  • 5.5: Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in graft union formation and compatibility.
  • 5.6: Methods for examining graft union development and compatibility
  • 5.7: Conclusions and future perspectives
  • 6: Grafting as agro-technology for reducing disease damage
  • 6.1: Introduction
  • 6.2: The first step: Managing diseases in the nursery
  • 6.3: Disease spread from the nursery to the field, the example of powdery mildew of watermelons
  • 6.4: Intra- and interspecific grafting and their relations to diseases
  • 6.5: Biotic or abiotic stress? Different responses of grafted plants to environmental conditions, the case of "physiological wilt", and germplasm selection for rational breeding
  • 6.6: Grafted plants' response to nematodes
  • 6.7: Commercial rootstocks and unknown genetics
  • 6.8: Different mechanisms involved in disease resistance induced by grafting
  • 6.9: Conclusions
  • 7: Grafting as a tool to tolerate abiotic stress
  • 7.1: Introduction
  • 7.2: Temperature stress
  • 7.3: Salinity stress
  • 7.4: Nutrient stress
  • 7.5: Stress induced by heavy metals and metalloids
  • 7.6: Stress by adverse soil pH
  • 7.7: Drought and flood stress
  • 7.8: Conclusions
  • 8: Quality of grafted vegetables
  • 8.1: What is quality?
  • 8.2: Rootstock effects on fruit quality
  • 8.3: Effects of grafting on ripening and postharvest behaviour
  • 8.4: Bio-physiological processes affecting fruit quality
  • 8.5: Conclusion and perspectives
  • 9: Practical applications and speciality crops
  • 9.1: Establishment of grafted transplant under Mediterranean climate conditions
  • 9.2: Recommendations for the use of grafted plants in greenhouses. The case of the Netherlands
  • 9.3: Role of grafting in speciality crops
  • 9.4: Conclusions and future perspective of vegetable grafting
  • 10: Index

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