Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Yams and Aroids

Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Cassava, Sweet Potato, Yams and Aroids

Paperback Crop Production Science in Horticulture

By (author) Vincent Lebot


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  • Publisher: CABI Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 23mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Wallingford
  • ISBN 10: 1845934245
  • ISBN 13: 9781845934248
  • Sales rank: 685,829

Product description

Most of the world's poorest smallholders depend on tropical roots and tuber crops as their principal source of food and nutrition. These species produce large quantities of dietary energy and have stable yields under difficult environmental conditions. The most important crops are cassava, sweet potato, yam and the aroids, sharing important common traits such as bulkiness, post-harvest perishability and vegetative propagation. This book compiles the most up to date information on the origin, genetics, physiology, agronomy, pests and diseases and post harvest processing of these crops, while providing ideas for further research and development.

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Author information

Vincent Lebot, PhD, started working on tropical root crops in 1981 when teaching agriculture in Vanuatu, South Pacific. He is the scientific coordinator of the Taro Network for Southeast Asia and Oceania (TANSAO) and of SPYN (the South Pacific Yam Network). As a plant breeder with experience in root crops germplasm characterization and evaluation, he specializes in issues related to the genetic improvement of root crops chemotypes and nutritional qualities. He is affiliated with CIRAD ( a French institution working for developing countries and has written or co-authored numerous publications on various root crop species. In 2003, he was the recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. He is presently coordinating root crops agrobiodiversity research and attempting to find a solution to the sustainable preservation and use of their genetic resources.

Review quote

"This highly technical book will be a valuable addition to the library of tuber crop scientists and should be a boon to the developing areas of the world where these crops are important sources of food andnutrition."--Jules Janick, Purdue University, USA "Chronica Horticulturae "

Table of contents

Section 1 - Cassava; 1. Origin and History; 2. Taxonomy and botany; 3. Breeding and genetics; 4. Developmental physiology; 5. Agronomy; 6. Pests and diseases; 7. Post Harvest Quality and Marketing; Section 2 - Sweet Potato; 8. Origin and History; 9. Taxonomy and botany; 10. Breeding and genetics; 11. Developmental physiology; 12. Agronomy; 13. Pests and diseases; 14. Post Harvest Quality and Marketing; Section 3 - Yams; 15. Origin and History; 16. Taxonomy and botany; 17. Breeding and genetics; 18. Developmental physiology; 19. Agronomy; 20. Pests and diseases; 21. Post Harvest Quality and Marketing; Section 4 - Aroids; 22. Origin and History; 23. Taxonomy and botany; 24. Breeding and genetics; 25. Developmental physiology; 26. Agronomy; 27. Pests and diseases; 28. Post Harvest Quality and Marketing.