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Tropical Fruits, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-582-40409-0
335 pages
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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This most comprehensive text discusses the present state and economic importance of tropical fruit growing. This edition not only includes more recent information on the major export fruits, citrus, banana and pineapple, but also a much extended section on minor fruit crops which are becoming of greater importance in export markets.
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Foreword (Dr. William B. Storey).

Preface to the second edition.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction.

Definitions - The present state of tropical frui9t growing - Nutritional considerations - Social and economic factors - Centres of tropical fruit research - references.

2. Environment.

Climate in relation to tropical fruit growing - Soils and fertilizers - Tropical vegetation - references.

3. Botany of tropical fruits.

Taxonomy - Morphology - Physiology - Breeding, selection and propagation - References.

4. Crop husbandry.

Cultural operations - Crop protection - Before and after the harvest - References.

5. Citrus.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Rootstocks - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

6. Banana and plantain.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

7. Pineapple.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

8. Mango.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

9. Avocado.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

10. Papaya.

Taxonomy and morphology - Uses and composition - Origin, distribution and production - Growth and development - Ecology and physiology - Cultivars - Cultivation measures - Diseases and pests - From harvest to consumption - References.

11. The minor tropical fruits.

Guava and two relatives - Soursop and other annonas - Cashew and other nuts - The date and other palms - The vine crops - Fruits of the Asian rain forest zone - Litchi and longan - Sapodilla and other 'Sapotes' - 'Cherries' and 'apples' - Fig - Pome and stone fruits - Cucurbits - Miscellaneous fruits - References.

Appendix 1. List of families and genera of fruit crops.

Appendix 2. Common names of fruit crops and their botanical equivalents.

Appendix 3. Conversion of some non-metric to metric units and vice versa.

Crop Index.

Geographical Index.

General Index.

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J.A. Samson was until recently Lecturer in Tropical Crop Husbandry at the Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. He was formerly Director of the Agricultural Experimental Station, Surinam, and has had extensive practical experience in tropical fruit production.
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