Special Issue "Recent Advances in Nursery Stock and Ornamental Plants"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Floriculture, Nursery and Landscape, and Turf".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 775

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Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Horticultural Crops, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, State Key Laboratory of Vegetable Biobreeding, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
Interests: resource collection and evaluation; breeding; flowering regulation; nutritional evaluation; functional analysis of peony and medicinal plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The term ‘ornamental plant’ refers to all plants with ornamental value, which generally have beautiful flowers or special plant architectures. Nursery stock and ornamental plants provide greenery and beautify indoor and outdoor environments, playing a critical role in our lives by working to stimulate the imagination, revive the spirit, enhance memory retention and concentration, and significantly improve mental health and human well-being. The value of ornamental plants relies on their aesthetic appearance, including pleasing flower and/or leaf color, flower and/or leaf shape, fragrance, leaf texture and variegation, and overall plant form or architecture. Suitable subjects for discussion in ‘Recent Advances of Nursery Stock and Ornamental Plants’ include various species of trees and shrubs, perennials, biennials, annuals, bulbs, etc. With the rapid developments in techniques of molecular biology, the study of nursery stock and ornamental plants has been greatly promoted. 

This Special Issue intends to focus on the latest research on nursery stock and ornamental plants. Researchers are encouraged to share their cutting-edge research in all aspects of the fields of nursery stock and ornamental plants. This includes, but is not limited to: molecular research, gene regulation, metabolomics, genomics, genetics, proteomics, epigenetic modification, biotechnology, and breeding.

Dr. Xiuxin Zhang
Guest Editor

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  • molecular research
  • metabolomics
  • genomics
  • genetics
  • proteomics
  • epigenetic modification
  • biotechnology
  • breeding

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Comparison of Pollen-Collecting Abilities between Apis mellifera L. and Bombus terrestris L. in the Oil Tree Peony Field
Horticulturae 2023, 9(6), 658; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae9060658 - 02 Jun 2023
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The lack of pollinators in the oil tree peony field was a serious problem for the seed yield. In the preliminary studies, we found that the seed rate of oil tree peonies was significantly improved by supplementing bees during the flowering stages in [...] Read more.
The lack of pollinators in the oil tree peony field was a serious problem for the seed yield. In the preliminary studies, we found that the seed rate of oil tree peonies was significantly improved by supplementing bees during the flowering stages in the pollination net room. In addition, the performance of Apis mellifera L. was better than Bombus terrestris L. To understand the interaction relationship between flowering characteristics and the managed bees, and the pollen-collecting ability of different species of bees, the flowering traits and the pollen loaded on bees were measured in this study. We found that the bees visited flowers with preference and they prefer to forage the flowers having pollen with higher viability. The B. terrestris carried more pollen (27,000.00 ± 5613.70 grains) on the body surface than that of the A. mellifera (7690.00 ± 2873.26 grains). The A. mellifera outperformed B. terrestris both in pollen deposition per visit on the stigma and on the pollen transfer efficiency. The viability of pollen on the body surface (67.77% ± 19.06%) and hind legs (92.02% ± 10.74%) of A. mellifera were both significantly higher than that of B. terrestris (31.84% ± 4.84% and 83.77% ± 6.40%). Our study indicated that the quantity and quality of pollen loaded on stigma by A. mellifera were both better than B. terrestris, which provided evidence that the A. mellifera was the effective pollinator pollinating for the oil tree peony in the pollination net room. Full article
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