Botany, Production and Uses
Papaya (Carica papaya) is an important and widely-cultivated tropical fruit, grown in more than 70 countries of the world. Global papaya production has grown significantly over the last few years, mainly as a result of increased production in India. Papaya has become an important agricultural export for developing countries where export revenues of the fruit provide a livelihood for thousands of people, especially in Asia and Latin America.
There have been a number of recent research developments with the potential to improve crop yields and quality. New research has contributed to our understanding of the crop environment, plant growth and physiology of tree and fruit development with implications for both breeding and cultivation. Analysis of the papaya genome promises new, faster breeding techniques to improved cultivars. These and other advances are helping to tackle disease like papaya ring spot viruses and major pests which still cause significant losses.
With contributions from international experts, the book presents the current state of knowledge concerning the history, physiology, culture and marketing of papaya throughout the world. It is an essential resource for researchers, growers and all those involved in the papaya industry.
1: Origin, History, Composition and Processing
2: Production and Trade
3: Taxonomy, Botany and Plant Development
6: Varieties and crop improvement
7: Nutrition and Irrigation
8: Plant Water Relations
9: Physiology and Growing Environment on Productivity
10: Flowering and Sex expression
11: Fruit set, development, maturity and ripening
12: Physiological disorders
13: Insect and Nematode Pests
15: Greenhouse Cultivation
16: Postharvest Handling, Storage and Quality