Botany, Production and Uses
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) is a subtropical evergreen fruit tree indigenous to China. Records show it has been cultivated in China for over 2000 years. From its beginning, loquat has spread to more than 30 countries around the world.
Grown in various regions of Asia, the Mediterranean and across the Americas, loquats suit both temperate and subtropical areas, sharing the same environmental conditions as citrus. Loquat is an increasingly commercial crop in some Asian and European countries with a good amount of international trade.
Recent research has focused on improving crop yields and quality. Over 100 different varieties have been developed to meet both growers' and consumers' demands. These developments have contributed to a better understanding of the crop environment, plant growth and physiology of tree and fruit development with implications for both breeding and cultivation.
This book is the first to provide a comprehensive coverage of the history, physiology, culture and marketing of loquat throughout the world.
1: Origin, History and Production
2: Taxonomy, Botany and Plant Development
3: Composition and Uses
4: Breeding and Cultivar Development
6: Physiology: flowering, fruit set and development and ripening
7: Environmental Requirements
9: Site Selection and Orchard Establishment
10: Orchard Management
11: Nutrition and Fertilization
12: Water Requirements and Irrigation
13: Physiological Disorders
16: Postharvest Physiology and Storage