Over the past ten years, the orchid industry has grown at a steady pace in the South East Asia and East Asia regions. In some Asian countries, orchids have become an essential export item. This book provides a comprehensive account of tropical orchid physiology relevant to commercial growers, research workers and graduate students. An integrated and unifying theme of tropical orchid physiology is presented over nine chapters. Each chapter is designed to provide information on an aspect of orchid physiology.
The relevance of orchid physiology to the industry; a brief introduction to orchid morphology and nomenclature; photosynthesis; respiration; mineral nutrition; control of flowering; partitioning of assimilates; flower senescence and postharvest physiology; special topic - recent advances in orchid tissue culture.