Advances in Hemp Research

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CRC Press, Jan 22, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 272 pages
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Offering up-to-date information on the uses and composition of the plant, Advances in Hemp Research provides growers, researchers, manufacturers, and suppliers with methods and data for the processing and cultivation of hemp for textile and paper products. You will learn how recent advances in germplasm resources, breeding methods, and the improvement of physiological, morphological, and biochemical characteristics of the plant can strengthen hemp fiber, making it a profitable and important crop to study and to grow for uses in the textile and paper industries.

Providing you with a complete update on the advances in research in several different areas, this text covers the entire spectrum of recent international hemp research and technological developments. Advances in Hemp Research discusses many factors essential to the improvement of the crop and its uses, including:
  • breeding techniques, agronomical practices, increased stress tolerance, and processing techniques that will enable the plant to produce high-quality fibers
  • new cultivars to distinguish licit from illicit field cultivation
  • the recent advances in crop physiology, such as radiation use efficiency, harvest index, and dry matter yields
  • cultivation practices such as soil structure, manuring, harvesting, and crop rotation and how they contribute to optimal growing conditions for the plant
  • current disease and control measures that lessen parasitic damage and loss of crops
  • storing, processing, and marketing hemp as a component of paper, pulp, fiber, and oil

    Furthering the advancement of cannabis as an environmentally friendly and useful crop, this text supplies you with the information you need to successfully grow healthier and more resilient plants. Advances in Hemp Research will benefit your breeding studies or your business ventures by providing you with information and laboratory results that will help you successfully grow the cannabis plant for commercial use.
 

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Contents

Botany of the Genus Cannabis
1
Early History and Dispersal
7
Taxonomy
13
Evolution of Biogenetic Pathways
32
Detecting and Monitoring Plant
43
Agronomical and Physiological Advances
61
Seeding Rate
67
Cultivation Techniques and Crop Destination
74
Cannabis Germplasm Resources
133
Conventional Approaches
153
Improvement in Stem Yield
159
Breeding for Reduced THC Content
175
Advances in Biotechnological Approaches
185
Cell Culture and Secondary Metabolism
194
Future Perspectives
208
Alkaline Pulping of Fiber Hemp
213

Implications for Future Research
80
Crop Physiological Characteristics
88
Potential Yield
99
A Survey of Hemp Diseases and Pests
109
NonInsect Pests
115
Other Diseases
121
Hemp Woody Core and Hardwood Pulp
219
Recommendations
237
A Valuable Food Source
243
GLA Importance
250
Index
257
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