Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series

Strawberries Edition 2

November 2020
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  • Published
    6th November 2020
  • ISBN 9781789242270
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images full-color illus

This new and updated edition of a popular text provides a broad, balanced review of the scientific knowledge of strawberries and their cultivation. The worldwide strawberry industry has grown substantially since the original book was published, and methods of culture have undergone extensive modifications. Important changes have been made to the taxonomy of strawberries and there is a much better understanding of how its ancestors evolved. New disease and pest control methods have been developed and a large amount of genomic information has been generated. This information has greatly broadened our knowledge of how flowering and fruiting is regulated and will revolutionize the breeding of strawberries.

Drawing on extensive research and practical experience, the author presents an essential text that:

- Includes new content on genomic data, trait genetics, and marker assisted strategies for varietal improvement.
- Provides a thorough review of the evolution of the strawberry and the history of strawberry cultivation.
- Contains an up-to-date comparison of the cultural systems employed across the world and the physiology behind these practices.

Presented in full color throughout, this is a core guide for academic and professional researchers, breeders and growers, advisors, extension personnel and students of horticulture.

1: The Strawberry Species
2: History of Strawberry Domestication
3: Cultural Systems
4: Worldwide Strawberry Industry
5: Structural and Developmental Physiology
6: Fruiting and Postharvest Physiology
7: Pest and Disease Management
8: Breeding and Genetics

James F. Hancock, PhD

James F. Hancock is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. He received his BS in Biology from Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, Ohio), a MS in Botany at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis. After a short stint in the Biology Department at the University of South Carolina, he moved to Michigan State University (MSU) as an assistant professor of Horticulture, where he was for over thirty years, being promoted to Professor in 1986. He was the Director of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program at MSU from 2004 to 2009. The emphasis of his research has been on the breeding and genetics of blueberries and strawberries, and he has published prodigiously in these areas. His previous books have been The Strawberry; The Blueberry (with Jorge Retamales); Plantation Crops: Power and Plunder, Evolution and Exploitation; and Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species. He has also edited Temperate Fruit Crop Genetics: Germplasm to Genomics, and Environmental Biosafety (with Rebecca Grumet, Karim Maredia and Cholani Weebadde). He is fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Wilder medal recipient of the American Pomological Society, a former Fulbright Fellow to Chile, and received the Technology Transfer Achievement Award from the Innovation Center of MSU for his blueberry cultivar releases.

strawberry domestication; strawberry industry; physiology; fruiting; postharvest; strawberry cultivation; horticulture