Botany, Production and Uses Series


Botany, Production and Uses

Edited by Sisir Mitra
July 2021
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  • Published
    14th July 2021
  • ISBN 9781789247022
  • Language English
  • Pages 344 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Guava (Psidium guajava L.) is an exquisite, nutritionally and economically valuable crop of tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Guava outshines other tropical fruits in productivity, hardiness, adaptability, nutritional value, and ensures higher economic returns to growers. It is currently commercially grown in over 70 countries, and gaining popularity due to its nutritional and health benefits. Important producing countries are India, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, South Africa, USA (Hawaii, Florida and California) and Haiti.

Notable recent developments include the potential to improve crop yields and quality. New research has also contributed to understanding of the crop environment, plant growth and physiology of tree and fruit development, with implications for both breeding and cultivation. Guava is one of the few tree fruit where round-the-year harvest is possible by crop regulation. Inter specific hybridization between Psidium molle and P.guajava has led to the development of hybrids which are resistant to wilt (a major guava disease in many countries) and are graft compatible with P.guajava.

With contributions from many international experts, this book is focused on ways of improving the cultivation of guava as a food crop at each step in the value chain, from breeding through to post-harvest storage.

1: Psidium guajava L.: Taxonomy, Relatives, and possible Origin
2: Production and Trade
3: Composition and Processing
4: Propagation
5: Biotechnology
6: Cultivars and crop improvement
7: Nutrition and Irrigation
8: Orchard Management
9: Flowering
10: Fruit set, development and maturation
11: Physiological disorders
12: Photosynthesis and productivity
13: Pests
14: Nematodes
15: Diseases
16: Postharvest physiology and storage

Sisir Mitra

Sisir Mitra worked at the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal, India from 1980 until 2014. He served as Head, Department of Fruits and Orchard Management (1996-2000); Dean, Faculty of Horticulture (2007-2009); and Dean, Post Graduate Studies (2009-2012). Dr. Mitra did his post doctoral research (1985-1986) at Horticulture Research International, East Malling, UK as Commonwealth Fellow and worked as visiting Professor at the Institute Coltivazoni Arboree, Italy (1990), and University of Lavras, Brazil (2016).

He has published 252 scientific papers, 74 popular articles, 11 books, 1 IBPGR Descriptors and 28 technical reports. He has developed one coconut variety (Kalpa Mitra), two mango (Himsagar-HT 10 and Langra-LT 64 ) and three Jackfruit ( Jt-1, JT 39 and JT 40) clones.

Dr. Mitra is presently serving as Board Member responsible for publications of ISHS, Science Editor, ISHS; and Editor-in-Chief, Fruits: The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture. He is also the Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board of Acta Horticulturae and Chronica Horticulturae. He also serves as Chairman, Working Group on Avocado, Jackfruit, and other Moraceae. Previously he was Chairman, Tropical and Subtropical Fruits.

genetic resources; climate change; biodiversity; value-chain; abiotic tolerance; water relations; wilt; fruit fly; ripening; postharvest physiology; storage; processing; international trade; micro-propagation; nematode; Psidium guajava L.