Peppers: Botany, Production and Uses

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Vincent M. Russo
CABI, 2012 - Science - 280 pages
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The group of plants called pepper is diverse, containing plants that contribute to the fresh and processed markets and are also used in pharmaceuticals and other non-food commercial products. Peppers developed in tropical regions, but are grown and used in every country where they can be grown and in countries where production is difficult. The book examines peppers from historical, genetic, physiological, production, and post-harvest standpoints following the development of the cultivated crop from the wild type. The diverse examples of pod types that have been developed and their variation in pungency are examined. Production methods, including the importance of fertilization and irrigation are discussed, as are the constraints on production, including pests, pathogens and weeds. Harvesting methods and the post-harvest challenges and opportunities, which exist at a level not found for other crops, will be explored.
 

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Contents

The Taxonomy of the Genus Capsicum
14
Genetics
29
Greenhouse Production
57
Tissue Culture of Capsicum Species
72
Transplant Production
87
Transplanters for Use in Pepper Production
100
Stand Establishment
112
Pepper Fertilization and Irrigation Management
125
Organic Pepper Production
165
Physiology of Metabolites
176
Weed Control
189
Crown and Root Diseases of Pepper
203
Pepper Insects and their Control
216
Pepper Harvest Technology
227
Postharvest Requirements of Peppers
241
Greenhouse Pepper Production Economics
255

Cropping Systems for Field Production
137
Salt Tolerance in Pepper Capsicum spp
150

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Vincent M. Russo is Research Leader and Research Plant Physiologist, USDA/ARS, South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, USA.

Vincent M. Russo is Research Leader and Research Plant Physiologist, USDA/ARS, South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, USA.

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