Sunflowers: growth and development, environmental influences and pests/diseases
We are all well aware that the importance of the sunflower (Helianthus Annus) as a crop has increased significantly in recent years, not only in the food industry but also as a natural energy resource in oil production. I am, thus, very pleased to be able to present this comprehensive monograph on a wide range of important issues regarding sunflowers, with an emphasis on environmental influences, pests and diseases in order to maximise production whilst minimising costs.
Contributors where selected based on their proven experience in the field of sunflowers. Contributors submitted an extended abstract that was assessed for relevance. They were then invited to contribute draft chapters. Each chapter underwent a stringent and thorough peer review process by other experts in the field, with final approval by the editor who, thus, was able to balance the topics from all contributors.
The book contains important original results. Each chapter deals with a different topic, and draws, where appropriate, from studies and results previously published by the authors. Authors were encouraged to complement their writing with original and high quality graphs, charts, tables, figures, pictures and photographs.
It’s my honour and pleasure to acknowledge the rigorous work carried out by all authors in this book, and at the same time I am very grateful to them for trusting me in leading this project in the role of the editor of their work. My thanks also go to the anonymous reviewers who contributed their time so generously to this book, and without whom it would not exist.
I am also very grateful to Nova Science Publishers for inviting me to lead this book, and thank them for the help and coverage provided during the whole time that this project lasted.
I really do hope that you find this book of interest and wish you enjoy its reading as much as I have done through the whole editing process and as much I am sure all authors have done while writing it.
The book is structured as follows: Chapter 1 introduces sunflowers. Chapters 2 and 3 detail the biology of a sunflower. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 explore the important topics of sunflower production: genetics, genomics and the breeding of sunflowers. Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10 address with other important aspects of sunflower production, pests and diseases. Chapters 11 and 12 deal with sunflower nutrition and growth. Finally, Chapter 13 presents environmental sunflower crop issues and Chapter 14 studies sunflower morphological Cosmos variations.