Botany, Production and Uses Series


Botany, Production and Uses

Edited by Sisir Mitra
May 2023
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  • Published
    1st May 2023
  • ISBN 9781800622296
  • Language English
  • Pages 296 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae) and is widely esteemed in tropical Asia. The jackfruit tree is well-suited to tropical lowlands, and is widely cultivated throughout south and southeast Asia. It is also grown to a limited extent in Australia, USA, East Africa, as well as in Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Producing giant fruits which can reach up to 80kg, jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. It is highly versatile, providing food, timber, fuel, medicinal and industrial products. The ripe fruit is sweet and is more often used for desserts. Canned green jackfruit has a mild taste and meat-like texture that lends itself to being called a "vegetable meat." Hence it is growing in popularity due to its use as a vegan meat alternative.

The tree is a major component of subsistence and small farming systems and the fruit often assumes the role of a secondary staple food as well as contributing to the livelihoods of the poor. Despite this, it is still an underutilized crop in many countries.

Containing information on jackfruit production technology, postharvest management and processing, this is a valuable resource for researchers in horticulture, plant science, and those interested in sustainable food systems.

1. Botany, Origin, History and Production—Michel Chauvet and Sisir Mitra
2. Composition and Uses—Anup Kumar Bhattacherjee
3. Processing and Products—Sisir Mitra, Juliet Gupta, and P. K. Pathak
4. Breeding and Varieties—Sisir Mitra
5. Biotechnology—S.Shyamalamma, P.M. Sampath, H.V.Vidyashree, V.Dileep, M.D.Valeeta and C. K. Harshitha
6. Propagation—R.M.S.R. Chamara, A. D. Nagalla, H. M. Prathibhani C. Kumarihami, D.M.S.B.
Dissanayaka, D.K.N.G. Pushpakumara and C.K. Beneragama
7. Orchard Management—G. Karunakaran, A. Thirugnanavel, S. Rajendran, M. Arivalagan, T.
Sakthivel, and P.C. Tripathi
8. Nutrition, Fertilization and Irrigation—Pravat K. Ray
9. Flowering, Fruit set and Fruit—development—Kundan Kishore, Phebe Ding, and Ankita Sahu
10. Physiological Disorders—Nor Elliza Tajidin, Azimah Hamidon, Munirah Mohamad, Hamizah Hassan and Rosmah Murdad
11. Pests—H S Singh and Gundappa Baradevanal
12. Diseases—Mai Van Tri, Dinh Thi Yen Phuong and David Guest
13. Postharvest Management—Sisir Mitra, Jigzcel Divine F. Basoy, Josephine G. Tangonana and P. K. Pathak

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.

Artocarpus heterophyllus; jackfruit genus; jackfruit phylogeny; jackfruit genetic diversity; jackfruit varieties; jackfruit propagation; jackfruit planting; jackfruit nutrition; jackfruit cropping systems; jackfruit insect pests and diseases; jackfruit utilization; jackfruit nutrients; jackfruit composition; jackfruit uses; jackfruit product profile; jackfruit by-products; jackfruit waste utilization; jackfruit vegan; jackfruit meat alternative; jackfruit food science