Botany, Production and Uses Series


Botany, Production and Uses

October 2022
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  • Published
    14th October 2022
  • ISBN 9781800620971
  • Language English
  • Pages 352 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

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
5: Biotechnology
6: Physiology: flowering, fruit set and development and ripening
7: Environmental Requirements
8: Propagation
9: Site Selection and Orchard Establishment
10: Orchard Management
11: Nutrition and Fertilization
12: Water Requirements and Irrigation
13: Physiological Disorders
14: Pests
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 the 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, and Jackfruit and other Moraceae. Previously he was Chairman, Tropical and Subtropical Fruits.

A. Aytekin Polat

A. Aytekin Polat is Professor of Horticulture, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey. He has published 135 research papers and articles of which almost 40 are on loquat propagation and production technology. He was Convener of the 3rd International Symposium on loquat held at Hatay, Turkey in 2010. He also edited the Acta Horticulturae volume (No.887) out of this symposium.

Loquat genetic resources; Loquat climate change; Loquat biodiversity; Loquat value-chain; Loquat abiotic tolerance; Loquat water relation; Loquat micro-propagation; Loquat fruit disorders; Loquat nematode; Loquat pests and diseases; Loquat ripening; Loquat postharvest physiology; Loquat storage; Loquat processing