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Cacti: Biology and Uses

Park Nobel


The Cactaceae family, with about 1,600 species, is cultivated worldwide for fruits, forage, fodder, and even as a vegetable. Cacti are recognized for their attractive flowers, special stem shapes, and ability to tolerate drought. Because of their efficient use of water and other adaptations, biological and agronomic interest in cacti has soared. These plants also have much to teach us about biodiversity and conservation. This book, compiled by a well-known cactus biologist, includes chapters by 35 contributors from around the world on topics ranging from evolution to biotechnology. It compiles ... More

Keywords: Cactaceae, cacti, water, adaptations, biodiversity, conservation, morphology, genetics, molecular approaches, pest control

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231573
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231573.001.0001


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Chapter 1 Evolution and Systematics

Robert S. Wallace, and Arthur C. Gibson

Chapter 2 Shoot Anatomy and Morphology

Teresa Terrazas Salgado, and James D. Mauseth

Chapter 3 Root Structure and Function

Joseph G. Dubrovsky, and Gretchen B. North

Chapter 4 Environmental Biology

Park S. Nobel, and Edward G. Bobich

Chapter 5 Reproductive Biology

Eulogio Pimienta-Barrios, and Rafael F. del Castillo

Chapter 6 Population and Community Ecology

Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, and Héctor Godínez-Alvarez

Chapter 7 Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

Eric Mellink, and Mónica E. Riojas-López

Chapter 8 Biodiversity and Conservation

Thomas H. Boyle, and Edward F. Anderson

Chapter 9 Mesoamerican Domestication and Diffusion

Alejandro Casas, and Giuseppe Barbera

Chapter 10 Cactus Pear Fruit Production

Paolo Inglese, Filadelfio Basile, and Mario Schirra

Chapter 11 Fruits of Vine and Columnar Cacti

Avinoam Nerd, Noemi Tel-Zur, and Yosef Mizrahi

Chapter 12 Forage, Fodder, and Animal Nutrition

Ali Nefzaoui, and Hichem Ben Salem

Chapter 13 Nopalitos, Mucilage, Fiber, and Cochineal

Carmen Sáenz-Hernández, Joel Corrales-García, and Gildardo Aquino-Pérez

Chapter 14 Insect Pests and Diseases

Helmuth G. Zimmermann, and Giovanni Granata

Chapter 15 Breeding and Biotechnology

Brad Chapman, Candelario Mondragon Jacobo, Ronald A. Bunch, and Andrew H. Paterson

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