CARNATIONS OF THE FUTURE
Breeders must base their estimates of future needs on present trends and present problems. Major objectives are: to widen the range of colors and shapes of flowers, to reduce production costs, to improve yield distribution and raise yield levels sufficiently to make a one year cropping cycle a practical proposition, to reduce costs of disease control and disease prevention and to improve resistance to storage and transport. Exploiting the variation within the genus Dianthus leads to a whole range of new types. In combination with modern horticultural techniques, these are likely to fulfill many of the above objectives.
Sparnaaij, L.D. and Demmink, J.F. (1983). CARNATIONS OF THE FUTURE. Acta Hortic. 141, 17-24