The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree Crops of the Developing World

The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree Crops of the Developing World, 1st Edition

The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree Crops of the Developing World, 1st Edition,K.P. Prabhakaran Nair,ISBN9780123846785






    The only book to review in one place almost all of the major tree crops of great economic value to the developing world

    eBook + Print Book

    USD 192.00
    USD 320.00

    Buy both together and save 40%

    Print Book


    In Stock

    Estimated Delivery Time
    USD 165.00

    eBook Overview

    VST (VitalSource Bookshelf) format

    DRM-free included formats : EPUB, Mobi (for Kindle), PDF

    USD 155.00
    Add to Cart

    Key Features

    • Discusses the major tree crops of great economic value to the developing world
    • The author is an eminent scientist who has won numerous awards for his work in this area


    Major tree crops contribute substantially to the economy of many developing countries on the Asian, African and Latin American continents. For example, coffee is the main revenue earner for Kenya. This book provides a comprehensive review of the agronomy, botany, taxonomy, genetics, chemistry, economics, and future global prospects of a range of crops that have great food, industrial and economic value such as cocoa, coffee, cashew, oil palm and natural rubber.


    Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop and soil sciences and plant science.

    K.P. Prabhakaran Nair

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India

    View additional works by K.P. Prabhakaran Nair

    The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree Crops of the Developing World, 1st Edition


    1. Arecanut

    The agronomy of Arecanut

    Arecanut Pathology

    Arecanut Entomology

    Arecanut Nematology

    Harvesting and Processing of Arecanut

    A peep into Arecanut’s future

    2. Cashewnut

    History, evolutionary origin and distribution of cashew

    Economic Botany of Cashew

    The genetic improvement of the cashew plant

    Establishing and managing a cashew orchard

    Manuring a cashew orchard

    Controlling the pests and diseases in Cashew plantations

    Cashew end products

    Cashew Kernel

    Cashew Kernel Peel

    Cashewnut Shell Liquid (CNSL)

    Cashew shell cake

    Value added products

    3. The Coconut Palm

    The evolution of coconut along the drifting coastlines

    Human influence on coconut evolution

    Botany of coconut


    The trunk

    Cytogenetics of Coconut

    Source of diversity

    Characterization of the genome of the coconut palm

    Constraints in coconut breeding

    Hybrids and their future

    Commercial production of hybrid seeds

    Agronomy of coconut


    Coconut-based mixed cropping systems and their management

    Seed and Seedling management

    Germination rate

    Polybag seedlings

    Seedling selection

    Field management

    Productive Palms

    Adaptation to Biotic factors

    The Range of Coconut Pests

    Adaptation in coconut palm

    A devastating virus

    Adaptating the coconut to market needs

    Yield potential of the coconut palm

    Quality traits

    The fatty acid mix

    Coconut as a food item

    Research and development in coconut production

    Global coordination

    National Research Centers

    Research in India and Sri Lanka

    Research in the second half of the 20th century

    A peep into the future of coconut

    Protection of the Production base

    Advances in Processing Technology

    Contact information for research centers and institutions

    4. Cinchona

    Origin and Uses

    Characteristics and Chemistry of Plantation Species

    Extraction, Production and Trade

    Research: Development of Improved Cultivation Practices

    Diseases and Pests

    Biotechnological Interventions

    Future Outlook

    5. Cocoa

    Origin and Spread

    Area and Production

    Germplasm Collection

    Crop Improvement and Management


    Field Maintenance

    Flowering and Fruit Set

    Plant Protection


    Primary Processing

    Secondary Processing

    Research and Development Organizations

    Manufacturers of Cocoa Products

    Future Outlook

    6. Coffee

    Historic Background

    Genetic Resources

    Breeding and Selection

    Breeding Programs

    Field Management



    Effects of Consumer Needs on Adaptation

    Research and Development Organizations

    Future Prospects

    7. Oil Palm


    Origin, History and Distribution

    Taxonomy and Botany of Oil Palm

    Growing Conditions

    Germplasm Collection

    Germplasm Characterization

    Genetic Improvement Through Breeding and Selection

    Oil Palm Tissue Culture

    Pests and Diseases

    Oil Palm Plantations and the Environment

    Future Outlook

    8. Rubber


    Natural Rubber: Its Value to Mankind

    Orign and Distribution

    Area, Production and Productivity

    World Trade in Natural Rubber


    Physiology of Latex Flow

    Tapping of the Rubber Tree

    Latex Biochemistry and Rubber Production

    Genetic Improvement

    Genetic Studies

    Genetic Base and Germplasm Resources

    Biotechnological Interventions

    Crop Management Under Different Cropping Systems

    Diseases and Pests

    Technological Developments

    Eco-Friendliness of Rubber

    Research and Development Organizations

    Future Prospects

    9. Tea

    Origin and History

    The Practices of Tea Consumption

    The Botany of Tea

    Taxonomy and Genetics

    Growing Conditions

    Nutrient Reqirements

    Nursery Practices

    Crop Management

    Propagation and Genetic Improvement of Tea Stocks

    The Evolution of Rational Pest and Disease Management

    The Variations in Tea Manufacture

    Tea Production and the Global Trade

    Value Addition and Product Diversification

    Research and Development Institutions for Tea

    The Future Outlook for Tea

    10. Wattle

    Types of Wattle

    Growing Conditions

    Utility of Bark and Wood and Maintaining Soil Fertility


    Precessing of Bark

    Pests and Diseases

    Free Shipping
    Shop with Confidence

    Free Shipping around the world
    ▪ Broad range of products
    ▪ 30 days return policy

    Contact Us