Cut flowers are the big
revenue creators of fresh commodities. In this review, the current status
of postharvest technology applied to cut flowers and foliage is discussed.
Also included are considerations of the physical, biochemical and genetic
mechanisms underlying some of the processes central to cut flower and
foliage deterioration, such as abscission, senescence and programmed
cell death. Moreover, through examples, solutions to increasing longevity
through improvement of cultural practices and sanitation and through
genetic engineering are covered, providing practical solutions to the
global cut flower market.