Joseph Arditti

Professor Emeritus, Developmental & Cell Biology
School of Biological Sciences
Founding Editor: Orchid Biology, Reviews and Perspectives
Other not listed

PH.D., University of Southern California, 1965

Phone: (949) 824-5221
Fax: (949) 824-4709

University of California, Irvine
4203, 5438 BS II
Mail Code: 2300
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Developmental physiology of orchids, orchid biology, taro
Academic Distinctions
Gold medal, Orchid Society of South East Asia, Singapore
Research Abstract
We used the tools of plant physiology and development to gain a better understanding of the processes which make orchids what they are: the largest, most diverse plant family in the world. Specifically, we investigated orchid development, physiology, and ultrastructure of seed germination; phytoalexins; stomatal rhythms; photosynthetic and dark (CAM) carbon fixation; post-pollination phenomena; anthocyanins; sugars; tissue culture; and surfactant effects and vitamin metabolism. Taro was another interest. We used cell biology techniques to improve this crop, select for salinity tolerance, and to increase the understanding of its physiology and development. Other activities: I consulted for horticultural, scientific and law firms on matters pertaining to orchids.
Only books are listed here
Arditti, J. (Ed.). 1977-2009. Orchid Biology, Reviews and Perspectives, Vol. I-IV, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY (vol. I-IV), Timber Press, Portland, OR (vol. V), Wiley-Interscience (vols. VI), Kluwer Academic Publishers (vol. VII with A. M. Pridgeon and Vol VIII with T. Kull), New York Botanical Garden Press (vol. IX with K. Cameron and T. Kull), Springer Verlag (vol. X with T. Kull and S. M. Wong). The series was terminated with volume X in 2009.
Arditti, J. 1992. Fundamentals of Orchid Biology, Wiley-Interscience, New York (selected Book of the Years by the American Association of Book Publishers).
Arditti, J., and R. Ernst. 1993. Micropropagation of Orchids, Wiley-Interscience, New York.
Hew, C. S, Yam, T. W. and J. Arditti. 2002. Biology of Vanda Miss Joaquim. National University of Singpore Press.
Arditti, J. 2008. Micropropagation of orchids. Wiley Blackwell.
Professional Societies
Botanical Society of America
American Society of Plant Physiology
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