Ornamental plant breeding: entering a new era? Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract During the last century, plant breeding of crops and ornamentals has become an important business. Mendels principles of inheritance of traits laid the foundation of todays modern genetics. Although intra- and interspecific cross breeding, chromosome doubling and mutation breeding still form the cornerstone of ornamental plant breeding, the speed of plant breeding has significantly increased since Mendels time. New genomic tools now offer possibilities for advanced precision breeding and selection towards more difficult to assess or quantitative traits. Todays ornamental plant breeding is a complicated exercise, characterized by new and rapidly-changing challenges. Partnerships between industry and research will be essential to implement available technologies in minor crops.

published proceedings

  • Ornamental Horticulture

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Van Huylenbroeck, J., & Bhattarai, K.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Van Huylenbroeck, Johan||Bhattarai, Krishna