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 novices its smell is notoriously offensive, its taste can become a passion and it's is one of the most popular fruits in South-East Asia. To quote the 19th-century naturalist, A.R. Wallace: "To eat durian is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience". This book is a comprehensive scientific volume 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.show more

Product details

  • 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
  • 2,065,406

Review quote

"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

History, area of origin, nomenclature and genetic diversity; areas of production and economic importance; morphology, genetics and cultivars; physiology and ecology; propogation; orchard establishment, training and pruning; nutritional requirements and fertilization; irrigation requirements and techniques; other production practices; physiological disorders and non-pathogenic diseases; pests and diseases; pests and disease; cost and returns of durian production; post-harvest technology; durian products; marketing.show more