The book is a comprehensive and need oriented volume encompassing the latest and balanced information about various aspects of fruit culture (tropical & subtropical). Following is a sampling of topics covered. Introductory on Fruit Industry deals briefly with production statistics, social, nutritive and industrial relevance and importance of fruit production. Second provides a complete overview of all principles and practices associated with Orchard planning, Layout and Management in a very abridged manner. The third on Classification of fruit crops includes botanical, horticultural and environmental grouping in a very precise but meaningful manner. Following s give a detailed account on different aspects including origin, distribution, botany & varieties, classification, climate & soil requirements, propagation, cultivation methods, flowering, harvesting, post harvest methods and crop protection of different fruit crops coming under each group such as tropical, subtropical and arid & semi-arid fruits. IV is on tropical fruits - Banana, Guava, Mangosteen, Papaya Pineapple and Sapota. V is on ten major subtropical fruits Avocado, Citrus, Grapes, Litchi, Loquat, Mango, Olive, Passion fruit, Persimmon and Pomegranate. VI contains details of eight major arid & semi-arid fruit crops namely, Aonla, Ber, Custard apple, Date, Fig, Jack, Jamun and Phalsa. Apart from these major fruit crops, VII gives a brief but comprehensive account on a large number of under and un - exploited fruit crops of tropical and subtropical parts of the world. This gives details of well-known minor fruits and a list of other very less known fruit species, which can be made the subject of detailed study for further utilization and information generation. Information provided in this compilation will be of use to students, teachers, scientists, extension workers, orchardists and others interested in fruit culture.
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Fruit Crops, T. Radha and M. Mathew. 2007. New India Publishing Agency, New Delhi, p. 429. ISBN 81-89422-46-2.
The book "Fruit Crops" has been forwarded by eminent horticulturist Dr. K.L. Chadha, is a part of the Horticulture Science Series-3 with Prof. K.V. Peter as series editor and forwarded by none other than Prof. M.S. Swaminathan.
the Book elucidates the different facets of production and post harvest technologies of tropical fruit crops including banana, guava, mangosteen, papaya, pine apple, sapota; temperate fruit crops including avocado, citrus, grape, litchi, loquat, mango, olive, passion fruit, persimmon, and pomegranate; arid and semiarid fruit crops including Aonla, Ber, Custard Apple, Date, Fig, Jack, Jamun And Phalsa. One important part of the book is to draw our attention, in an abridged manner, on fruit industry as it is always vital now-a-days to have a rationale of economics as well as backward and forward linkage for any enterprise to start with. If you are interested to start an orchard, this chapter is a must read. A brief account of the principles and practices associated with orchard planning, layout and management are also included in the book.Another important feature of the the book is compilation about a large number of under and un - exploited minor fruit crops. However, a brief account on orchard ecosystem and dynamics, if included in the book, could have been better.
I would like to recommend "Fruit Crops" to students, educators, researchers, extension specialist and orchard practitioners for principals and practices of fruit crop management.
Orchard planning Layout and Management