The Coconut

The Coconut : Phylogeny,Origins, and Spread

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The Coconut: Phylogeny, Origins, and Spread comprehensively covers the botany, phylogeny, origins, and spread of the coconut palm. The coconut is used primarily for its oil, fiber, and as an article of food, including its tender-nut water. Until the 1950s, coconut oil used to rank first in the world in production and international trade among all the vegetable oils. Since then, lower-cost sources such as the African oil palm, soybean, canola, and others have overtaken the coconut in oil production and trade. The coconut, Cocos nucifera L. (Arecaceae), is a dominant part of the littoral vegetation across the tropics. In addition to discussing the origins of the coconut and its use as a crop, the book covers the resurgence in the use of the coconut in food, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 430g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0128097787
  • 9780128097786
  • 1,395,728

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Coconut in the World

Chapter 2. Early History, Lore, and Economic Botany

Chapter 3. Taxonomy and Intraspecific Classification

Chapter 4. Paleobotany and Archeobotany

Chapter 5. Phylogeny

Chapter 6. Biogeography

Chapter 7. Origins: Past Observations

Chapter 8. Origins

Chapter 9. Spread

Chapter 10. Afterword: Does the Coconut Have a Future?
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About N. Madhavan Nayar

* Emeritus Scientist, Department of Science & Technology (Government of India) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research * Director of 3 crop/cropping systems-based ICAR institutes (Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod; Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla; Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum) * Former Joint Director, CPCRI Regional Station, Vittal * Former Section / Division Head in Central Potato Research Institute and Central Rice Research Institute * Editor of 6 books; author of ca. 190 scientific papers
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