Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series 20

Tropical Fruits Edition 2

Volume 1
January 2011
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  • Published
    4th January 2011
  • ISBN 9781845936723
  • Language English
  • Pages 436 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.75"
  • Images 90 illus

The first of two volumes, this book covers major tropical fruits such as avocado, litchi, mango, papaya and pineapple. Early chapters describe the tropics and its soils and deal with key issues such as tree management and postharvest handling, updated and expanded to include best handling practices and food safety issues and the way to address these issues in marketing. Following these are self-contained chapters on single fruits which provide in-depth studies of botany, areas of origin and distribution, descriptions of ecological requirements and world production and utilization of each fruit. Propagation & cultural practices from ancient to modern are described to show the regional differences that environmental and biological pressures exert on fruit production and fruit quality. Tropical Fruits is essential reading for students and teachers of horticulture as well as horticultural industry personnel and policy-makers.

"Overall, the book is a useful introduction to the fruits that it covers."

Rob Lockwood - , Journal of Experimental Agriculture

1. Introduction
2. The Tropics, its Soils and Horticulture
3. Cultivation
4. Tree Management
5. Postharvest Technology
6. Annonas: Cherimoya, Atemoya and Sweetsop
7. Avocado
8. Bananas and Plantains
9. Litchi and Longan
10. Mango
11. Papaya
12. Pineapple

Robert E. Paull

Robert E. Paull graduated from the University of Sydney with a BS in Agronomy, was involved in cotton production research before going to the University of California in Berkeley for a PhD in plant physiology. He returned to Australia and carried out research on chilling injury of tropical plants before his appointment to the University of Hawaii to teach and do research on postharvest physiology and handling. He teaches plant physiology and provides guest lectures on postharvest physiology and handling in applied courses. His research focuses on the adaptation and application of technology to the improvement of postharvest handling in a integrated and systematic way. This research has lead to more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 extension type articles. He is co-author on three books and has co-edited five including The Encyclopedia of Fruits and Nuts, published by CABI with Dr. Jules Janick.

Odilio Duarte

Odilio Duarte Emeritus Professor, graduated with BS from Universidad Agraria - La Molina, Lima, Perú, a MS in Horticulture from University of California - Davis, MBA from the Universidad del Pacífico - Lima, Peru and a Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences Cum Laude from Technische Universitaet, in Fruit Crop Production. He was Head of the Fruit Crops section, Escuela Agrícola Panamericana at El Zamorano, Honduras from 1989 to 2008 when he retired and returned to Peru. Prior to his years at El Zamorano, he was Professor and Head of the Fruit Crops Research Program Universidad Agraria, La Molina, Lima, Peru, has held a number of managerial positions in private industry, and has had numerous consultancy on tropical fruit production. At El Zamorano, he received several student awards for his undergraduate teaching. He is widely published in the area of tropical fruit production and propagation.