Regulation of Flower Induction and Fruit Development

  • Ger J. H. Bennink
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 22)


Man’s interest in flowering seems to go far back in history. In the oldest works of art we find flowers and plants decorating temples, palaces, and houses. During the Middle Ages handwritten books were decorated with beautiful black and white and even colored drawings in which flowers often perform an ornamental function. Later on beautiful paintings show us how interested man was in the works of nature. Often plants and flowers were used as symbols. Nowadays they still play an important role, not only in our garden, but also to express our feelings toward our friends and toward people around us. At all major events in our lives (e.g., birth, birthday, success in study and work, jubilee, and finally the funeral) flowers are used to express joy or appreciation. Another reason for interest in flowering is the pleasure we get in awaiting a good harvest while looking at an orchard or a field flowering abundantly.


Plant Hormone Fruit Development Flower Induction Plant Growth Substance Maryland Mammoth 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ger J. H. Bennink
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  1. 1.Department of Plant PhysiologyUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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