Bananas and Plantains

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CABI, 2010 - 311 pages
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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 accessi.
 

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Contents

1 Distribution and Importance
1
2 Taxonomic Classification Cultivars and Breeding
21
3 Morphological Characteristics and Plant Development
51
4 Climatic Requirements and Problems
67
5 Phenological and Physiological Responses
89
6 Site Selection Soil Requirements and Soil Preparation
115
7 Establishing a Plantation
125
8 Systems of Cultivating Bananas and Product Certifications
149
10 Water Requirements and Irrigation
179
11 Horticultural Management
193
12 Diseases
217
13 Pests
233
14 Harvesting and Fruit Handling
245
15 Ripening Biochemistry and Uses
259
References
273
Index
299

9 Nutritional Requirements
161

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