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Canna lily (Canna x generalis L.H. Bailey & E.Z. Bailey) is a genus of flowering plants native to the tropics and subtropics. More than 400 years ago, Cannas have been grown accidentally, intentionally hybridized, and traded among gardeners. As its flowers come in various blends of mixed colors and lustrous attractive foliage, Canna is one of the most popular ornamental plants used widely in landscaping settings, gardens, border plantings in parks and patios where it serves as a living fence and windbreak.

Breeding and selection of novel, attractive, high-quality and climate-resilient ornamental crops are necessary to cater to the needs of the booming ornamental industry in the Philippines. To achieve such improvements and create variation, there is a need to evaluate the morphological and cytogenetic characteristics of the crop of interest such as Canna, its cultivars and putative hybrids if they are variable enough in terms of plant height, staminode size and staminode color – characteristics which are of great value to ornamental breeders and enthusiasts.

{Photographs courtesy of Ms. Juareyn L. Ondoy, College of Agriculture, Sultan Kudarat State University Lutayan Campus, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines}

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Philippine Agricultural Scientist (ISSN 0031-7454)

An international journal of tropical agriculture and related sciences, is published quarterly by the College of Agriculture and Food Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 4031 College, Laguna, Philippines.


"Oblation" the concrete statue that symbolizes the University of the Philippines; Created by the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino

INFORMATION for Contributors

Contributors are welcome to submit a technical paper for publication in any issue of this journal on a subject of their expertise and experience in research and development in the broad field of agriculture.

Articles may be papers and notes on original fundamental or applied research and, to a limited extent, critical research reviews, professorial chair lectures or book reviews on tropical agricultural science and related areas including environmental science, food science, engineering, biotechnology, economics, extension, rural sociology, development communication, agroforestry and silviculture, and marine and fishery sciences.

All papers submitted for publication undergo double-blind peer review. The section editor and, finally, the editor-in-chief then add their comments. The reviewers for a volume of the journal are published in the last issue of the volume.

Information for contributors are published in the last issue of every volume and may be accessed through this website.

Information for Contributors


The journal follows the guidelines of Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (2006), 7th ed., Council of Science Editors and the Rockefeller University Press.


Ten offprints of the journal will be supplied free of charge. Offprints in lots of 10 and copies of the issue can be ordered.


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Issues Categories

Articles maybe papers and notes on original fundamental or applied research and, to a limited extent, critical research reviews, professional chair lectures or book reviews on the following:

Tropical Agricultural Science

Environmental Science

Food Science