- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
- Horticultural crops
Janick, Jules Department of Horticulture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Fruit crops
- Vegetable crops
- Ornamental crops
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Intensively managed plants cultivated for food or for esthetic purposes. Plant agriculture is divided traditionally into the fields of agronomy (herbaceous field crops, mainly grains, forages, oilseeds, and fiber crops), forestry (forest trees and products), and horticulture (garden crops, particularly fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs, and all plants grown for ornamental use). Most horticultural plants are utilized in the living state, with water essential to quality; thus, most horticultural crops and products are highly perishable. See also: Agricultural science (plant); Agronomy; Floriculture; Forest and forestry
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