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Cacti: Biology and Uses

Park Nobel (ed.)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231573
eISBN:
9780520927889
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231573.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

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, ... More


Cactus Pear Fruit Production

Paolo Inglese, Filadelfio Basile, and Mario Schirra

in Cacti: Biology and Uses

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231573
eISBN:
9780520927889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231573.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Many species of the Cactaceae produce edible fruits. Among the approximately 1,600 species in this family, the genus Opuntia has the most relevant role in agriculture. The cactus pear (Opuntia ... More


Breeding and Biotechnology

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

in Cacti: Biology and Uses

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231573
eISBN:
9780520927889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231573.003.0015
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Cacti are well adapted to arid and semiarid regions where food and fodder crops are limited. Their ability to thrive in these environments makes them of immediate interest to breeders and molecular ... More


Evolution and Systematics

Robert S. Wallace and Arthur C. Gibson

in Cacti: Biology and Uses

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231573
eISBN:
9780520927889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231573.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Cactaceae is classified within the order of Caryophyllales and includes approximately 1,600 species of plants. Phylogenetic placement within the Caryophyllales is undisputed, because cacti and other ... More


Reproductive Biology

Eulogio Pimienta-Barrios and Rafael F. del Castillo

in Cacti: Biology and Uses

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231573
eISBN:
9780520927889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231573.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

This chapter focuses on the reproductive adaptations of cacti to arid environments to explain the evolution of reproductive mechanisms that allow cacti to endure harsh conditions. It describes the ... More


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