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Bananas and Plantains : Crop Production Science in Horticulture - John Robinson

Bananas and Plantains

Crop Production Science in Horticulture

Paperback Published: 10th July 2010
ISBN: 9781845936587
Number Of Pages: 320

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Bananas and plantains are major fruit crops in the tropics and subtropics, making a vital contribution to the economies of many countries. In the last 15 years, substantial changes have occurred in banana production, among them the increased importance of fungal and viral diseases and their serious impact on Cavendish export cultivars, smallholder plantains and cooking bananas. Changes in production systems such as protected greenhouse cultivation, organic, fair-trade and integrated cultivation and their respective certification schemes have also become prominent. This book provides an accessible review of the scientific principles of banana production and how these relate to field practices. Revised and updated with expanded coverage of world trade statistics and policies, breeding of new cultivars in relation to disease resistance and markets, prospects for genetically-modified bananas and the increasing role of endophytes in controlling pests and diseases, this new edition is an essential resource for researchers and students in horticulture.

"As a banana researcher, I have used John Robinson's Bananas and Plantains book regularly since its publication in 1996. This second edition, co-authored with Victor Gal n Sa co, is most welcome. It looks like I will be using it well into the future. This book should be on the shelves of everyone interested or working in banana and plantain production and marketing."--David W. Turner, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia.

Distribution and Importancep. 1
Origins and Early Distributionp. 1
Present Distribution of Banana and Plantainp. 3
Main Banana-producing Countriesp. 7
Main Banana Marketsp. 13
Factors Influencing World Tradep. 17
Taxonomic Classification, Cultivars and Breedingp. 21
Basis of Modern Classificationp. 21
Major Genomic Groups and Cultivars in World Usep. 26
Breeding and Selectionp. 37
Handling and Identification of Banana Germplasmp. 46
Morphological Characteristics and Plant Developmentp. 51
Root Systemp. 51
Rhizome and Suckersp. 53
Leaves and Pseudostemp. 57
Inflorescence and Bunchp. 59
Development of the Fruitp. 63
Climatic Requirements and Problemsp. 67
General Climatic Requirementsp. 67
Temperature Comparison Between Four Banana-growing Areasp. 69
Implications of Rainfallp. 73
Specific Problems due to Climatep. 75
Phenological and Physiological Responsesp. 89
Phases of Plant Developmentp. 89
Phenological Responsesp. 90
Physiological Responsesp. 102
Site Selection, Soil Requirements and Soil Preparationp. 115
Site Selectionp. 115
Tropical Soil Classificationp. 116
Soil Physical Requirementsp. 117
Soil Chemical Requirementsp. 120
Soil Biological Limitationsp. 121
Soil Preparationp. 122
Establishing a Plantationp. 125
Types of Planting Materialp. 125
Multiplication and Preparation of Planting Materialp. 130
Methods of Plantingp. 134
Time of Plantingp. 136
Planting Densities and Spatial Arrangementsp. 138
Systems of Cultivating Bananas and Product Certificationsp. 149
Systems of Cultivationp. 149
Product Certification Schemesp. 156
Nutritional Requirementsp. 161
Nutrient Elements - their Functions and Deficiency Symptomsp. 162
Nutrient Cyclingp. 167
Plant Analysisp. 170
Fertilizationp. 173
Soil Degradation and the Rise of Organic Nutritionp. 176
Water Requirements and Irrigationp. 179
General Water Requirements Worldwidep. 179
Irrigation Systemsp. 180
Irrigation Schedulingp. 185
Irrigation of Plantainsp. 190
Horticultural Managementp. 193
Weed Controlp. 193
Sucker Managementp. 194
Plantation Soil Coversp. 203
Canopy Managementp. 205
Windbreaksp. 207
Bunch Managementp. 207
Ratooning and Plantation Lifep. 213
Diseasesp. 217
Fungal Diseasesp. 218
Bacterial Diseasesp. 226
Viral Diseasesp. 228
Role of Fungal and Bacterial Endophytes in Controlling Banana Diseasesp. 231
Pestsp. 233
Rhizome and Root Pestsp. 233
Bunch Pestsp. 239
Leaf Pestsp. 241
Role of Fungal and Bacterial Endophytes in Controlling Banana Pests and Diseasesp. 242
Harvesting and Fruit Handlingp. 245
Harvestingp. 245
Transport from Field to Packshedp. 248
Cooling of Fruit from the Fieldp. 252
Packshed Operationsp. 252
Transport to Marketp. 256
Ripening, Biochemistry and Usesp. 259
The Pre-climactericp. 259
The Climactericp. 261
Ripeningp. 262
Biochemical Characteristicsp. 263
Nutritional Value and Usesp. 266
Processingp. 270
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9781845936587
ISBN-10: 1845936582
Series: Crop Production Science in Horticulture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 10th July 2010
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised