The Avocado Edition 2

Botany, Production and Uses

February 2013
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    27th February 2013
  • ISBN 9781845937010
  • Language English
  • Pages 584 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images 212 illus, 129 color

Although avocado has been cultivated and consumed for more than 9,000 years near its center of origin in Latin America, world production and trade has increased dramatically over the past few decades. The avocado is now a widely traded fruit between warmer and colder countries as a result of the global community becoming increasingly aware of the versatility and nutritional value of this crop. For the past decade, the world avocado industry has been going through a period of rapid technological change and innovation. The dietary value of "the most nutritious of all fruit" is also receiving more attention. This fully updated new edition of the successful 2002 book will provide a comprehensive review of avocado production, science and technology.

1. Introduction
2. History, Distribution and Uses
3. Taxonomy and Botany
4. Genetics and Breeding
5. Ecology: Climate and Soils
6. Reproductive Biology
7. Ecophysiology
8. Cultivars and Rootstocks
9. Propagation
10. Biotechnology
11. Irrigation and Mineral Nutrition
12. Crop Management
13. Foliar, Fruit and Soilborne Diseases
14. Insect and Mite Pests
15. Harvesting, Packing, Postharvest Technology, Transport and Processing

Bruce Schaffer

Bruce Schaffer is Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Florida.

B. Nigel Wolstenholme

B. Nigel Wolstenholme is Emeritus Professor at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Anthony W. Whiley

Anthony W. Whiley is an Independent Consultant with Sunshine Horticultural Services Pty Ltd in Australia.