Synopses & Reviews
Thirty years ago, in vitro propagation was a new technique for producing plants, and Lydiane Kyte's Plants from Test Tubes
became the standard work on the topic.
The new fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the many advances in science and technology, including the five accepted sequential stages of micropropagation. Ten new plants have been added. This in turn has greatly expanded the already extensive bibliography. Among the new topics that have been introduced or expanded on are embryo culture for breeding, somaclonal variation, anther culture, somatic embryogenesis, cryopreservation, and genetic engineering. More ornamental plant examples are given and many new illustrations provided, including a chronology of discoveries in micropropagation.
About the Author
Holly Scoggins is an associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and is director of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. She teaches courses in floriculture crops production, herbaceous landscape plants, greenhouse management, and public gardens maintenance and management. Holly holds a PhD in horticultural science from North Carolina State University."
Mark Bridgen is a professor of horticulture at Cornell University and director of Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center. He earned a PhD in plant physiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.