David Zlesak has a book chapter

The link below gives the abstract of Dave’s 2006 book chapter. It is 43 pages long. The chapter headings are:


1.1 Value and Use of Roses p.695

1.2 Commercial Propagation of Cultivars p. 696

1.3 Rose Species p. 696

1.4 Early Hybridization p. 696

1.5 Development of Modern Cultivars p.698

1.6 Horticultural Rose Classes p. 699

1.7 Hybridization p.699

1.7.1 Interspecific p. 699

1.7.2 Intergeneric p. 700

1.8 Mutation Breeding p. 701


2.1 Chromosome Number p. 702

2.1.1 Polyploidization p. 702

2.2.2 Haploidization p. 702

2.2 Meiosis p. 703

  1. FERTILITY p.704

3.1 Breeding Practices Affecting Fertility p. 704

3.2 Environment and Gamete Viability p. 704

3.3 Self Incompatibility p. 705

3.4 Pollen Storage p. 705

3.5 Cultural Management of Maternal Parents p. 706

  1. GERMINATION p.706

4.1 Erratic Germination p. 706

4.2 Chemical Dormancy p. 707

4.3 Physical Dormancy p. 708

4.4 Hip Harvest p. 708

4.5 Achene Extraction p. 709

4.6 Stratification p. 709

4.7 Light p. 710

4.8 Commercial Germination Protocols p. 710


5.1 Early Roguing p. 710

5.2 Effectiveness of Early Selection p. 711

5.2.1 Selection for Low Irradiance Tolerance p. 711

5.2.2 Selection for Flower Yield p. 712

5.3 Increased Progeny Size p. 712

5.4 Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) p.713

5.5 Rootstocks p. 713

5.5.1 Propagating Selections-Grafting Versus Own-Root p. 713

5.5.2 Rootstock Breeding and Selection p. 713

5.6 Advanced Trials p. 714


6.1 Aiding Breeding Decisions p. 714

6.2 Disease Resistance p. 714

6.2.1 Race-Specific Resiatance p. 715

6.2.2 Non-Race-Specific Resistance p. 716

6.2.3 New Resistance Sources p. 716

6.3 Double Flowers p. 716

6.4 Color p. 717

6.4.1 Pigments Systems p. 717

6.4.2 “Blueing” p. 718

6.4.3 Color Breaks & Bicolors p. 718

6.5 Foliage p. 719

6.6 Fragrance p. 719

6.7 Miniature Stature p. 720

6.8 Moss p. 720

6.9 Prickles p. 720

6.10 Recurrent Bloom p. 721

6.10.1 Juvenility p. 722

6.10.2 Gibberellic Acid & Recurrent Bloom p. 722

6.11 Winter Hardiness p. 723


7.1 Award Programs p. 723

7.2 Regristration of New Cultivars p. 724

7.3 Intellectual Property Rights p. 724


8.1 Trends in Miniature Roses p. 724

8.1.1 Cut flower Miniature Roses p. 725

8.1.2 Potted Florist Miniature Roses p. 725

8.1.3 Garden Miniature Roses p. 725

8.1.4 Landscape Miniature Roses p. 726

8.2 Cut Rose Trends p. 726

8.2.1 Changing Regions of Production p. 726

8.2.2 Breeding Cut Rose Cultivars p. 727

8.3 Genetic Transformation p. 727

8.4 Additional Breeding Directions p.728

8.4.1 Intogression of Novel Ornamental Traits & Stress Tolerance p. 728

8.4.2 Rose Hips as an Alternative Crop p. 728


References pp.729-738

END p.738

Link: www.springerlink.com/content/p15483656421p120/

Our university library doesn’t have it (yet) but I may be able to access chapters at the university.

Worldcat, linked below, can tell you if there’s a copy near you…just substitute your zipcode for mine

Link: worldcat.org/oclc/68804394&referer=brief_results

Thanks Henry for hightlighting this. It took a couple years for me to write on the side and explore the literature. It was a great experience to write and since it was written I found even more wonderful older rose literature I would have loved to have cited. I tried to make it as complete as I could covering many topics related to rose breeding. Some of the other literature reviews on rose breeding in Plant Breeding Reviews and elsewhere tend to be more narrow and tend to especially focus on the authors work and cite their publications. Writing it helped me see there was more literature on roses out there than I realized and helped me daydream and consider breeding directions I otherwise would not have.

The only disappointment I have is that the publisher changed hands right before the book was published and some of the editing got messed up. The formatting was changed to the new publishers style an in doing so some of my tables and figures got accidentially ommitted. They are all still referred to in the text. I felt so disappointed when I got my copy of the book. Maybe there will be a future edition and it can be corrected.



One of the best treats of writing it too was being able to dedicate it in memory of Elton Strack, original RHA member and my rose breeding mentor and friend. As a teenager I visit him at least once a week. He was like a grandfather to me and inspired and encouraged me.

The link below gives the full book table of contents:


Link: www.springer.com/east/home/life+sci/plant+sciences?SGWID=5-10038-22-142115571-detailsPage=ppmmedia|toc

Thank you Henry,

I just ordered it online (pdf version of David’s Chapter for 25 euros).

Something interesting to read tonight.

Thanks again


In the digital version, only Table 3 and Table 4 appear to be missing (all of the Figures appear to be there). Is it possible to post the missing Tables on a website?

That’s a great idea Henry. I just sent an E-mail to the publisher about it.

It seemed like the publisher couldn’t do anything except correct it in a future edition. I recently got an Email that they will print an errata that will be included with the book. I’m not sure if it will be included in the on-line pdfs. I hope so.



That would be great! It must be really frustrating to see the publishers inadvertantly mangle your baby.

I agree. I would be livid. Sorry for your difficulties David. I know you’re doing some amazing work.

In this information age at least you can explain to most who matter why things are the way they are.