The earth is currently inhabited by more than 65 billion people. This planet is also the home of approximately 3,750 species of aroids native to tropical America, tropical Asia, Africa, Mediterranean region and Australia.
Their total quantity cannot be estimated for some of them multiply very fast. Moreso, scientists have manipulated the reproductive organs and even the genes of aroids to develop and then clone new breeds of organisms. Numerous aroids have served humans in many ways since their discovery and cultivation. And now, they are the subject of further researches and exploitations.
But what are aroids? Aroids are flowering plants that belong to the Arum family, known in botany as Araceae. They are characterized by a reproductive structure called an inflorescence, which is made up of a modified leaf or bract called “spathe” and “spadix”, an unbranched spike of a few to many unisexual or bisexual flowers, depending on the genus.