Saffron, an alternative crop for sustainable agricultural systems. A review

@article{Gresta2011SaffronAA,
  title={Saffron, an alternative crop for sustainable agricultural systems. A review},
  author={Fabio Gresta and Grazia Lombardo and Laura Siracusa and Giuseppe Ruberto},
  journal={Agronomy for Sustainable Development},
  year={2011},
  volume={28},
  pages={95-112}
}
Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is an autumnal flowering geophite whose dried stigmas, well known for their aromatic and colouring power, have been used since immemorial time as a spice in human nutrition, for medicinal purposes and as a dye. Many doubts remain on its origin; it was probably selected and domesticated in Crete during the Late Bronze Age. Saffron is an autotriploid geophyte species, self- and out-sterile and mostly male-sterile and therefore unable to produce seed, that reproduces by… 

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