Durian : King of Tropical Fruit

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Durian is extensively grown in tropical regions, the major producers being Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. The tree is also grown in northern Australia, some South American countries and in Africa. Although to many its smell is notoriously offensive, its taste can become a passion and it is one of the most popular fruits in South-East Asia. This book is the first comprehensive, scientific volume to be published in English on this "king of tropical fruit". It provides information on the biology, propagation and use of the fruit, and descriptions of the scientific basis of production practices and orchard management, as well as post-harvest processing. It will be a unique resource for horticulture and botanical libraries and for students of tropical horticulture worldwide.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 172.7 x 238.8 x 15.2mm | 408.24g
  • CABI Publishing
  • Wallingford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations(some col.), maps
  • 0851994962
  • 9780851994963
  • 2,110,743

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"Gathers available information on the durian fruit of Southeast Asia, which is known for its nutritional flesh, thorny appearance, and strong odor. The authors (Kasetsart University, Thailand) review the fruit's history, areas of production, phenological development, techniques for propagation and pruning, orchard pests, post-harvest technology, products made from the fruit, and its marketing in various countries. Eight pages of color photographs are provided at the end."--SciTech Book Newsshow more

Table of contents

Section 1: The Plant and the Environment 1: History, area of origin, nomenclature and genetic diversity 2: Areas of production and economic importance 3: Morphology, genetics and cultivars 4: Physiology and ecology Section 2: Pre-Harvest Management 5: Propagation 6: Orchard establishment, training and pruning 7: Nutritional requirements and fertilisation 8: Irrigation requirements and techniques 9: Other production practices 10: Physiological disorders and non-pathogenic diseases 11: Pests and diseases Section 3: Post-Harvest Management, Costs and Marketing 12: Costs and returns of durian production 13: Post-harvest technology 14: Durian products 15: Marketing 16: To quote the great 19th century naturalist, A.R. Wallace:"To eat durian is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience".show more

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