DescriptionPapaya (Carica papaya) is an important and widely-cultivated tropical fruit, grown in more than 60 countries of the world. Global papaya production has grown significantly over the last few years, mainly as a result of increased production in India. Papaya has become an important agricultural export for developing countries where export revenues of the fruit provide a livelihood for thousands of people, especially in Asia and Latin America.
This book includes coverage of recent research developments with the potential to improve crop yields and quality. New research has contributed to our understanding of the crop environment, plant growth and physiology of tree and fruit development with implications for both breeding and cultivation. It looks at how analysis of the papaya genome promises new, faster breeding techniques to improved cultivars and how these and other advances are helping to tackle disease like papaya ring spot viruses and major pests which cause significant losses. Key features include:
updated information for sustainable papaya cultivation
research developments in tackling the major production and post-harvest problems
interdisciplinary and collaborative research
With contributions from international experts, the book presents the current state of knowledge concerning the history, physiology, culture and marketing of papaya throughout the world. It is an essential resource for researchers, growers and all those involved in the papaya industry.
Table of contents
- 1: Origin, History, Composition and Processing
- 2: Production and Trade
- 3: Taxonomy, Botany and Plant Development
- 4: Propagation
- 5: Biotechnology
- 6: Varieties and crop improvement
- 7: Nutrition and Irrigation
- 8: Plant Water Relations
- 9: Physiology and Growing Environment on Productivity
- 10: Flowering and Sex expression
- 11: Fruit set, development, maturity and ripening
- 12: Physiological disorders
- 13: Insect and Nematode Pests
- 14: Diseases
- 15: Greenhouse Cultivation
- 16: Postharvest Handling, Storage and Quality
ReadershipThis book is an essential resource for anyone interested in papaya; from academic researchers and extension workers, to growers, orchard managers and industry personnel.
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Sisir Mitra worked at the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal, India from 1980 until 2014. He served as Head, Department of Fruits and Orchard Management (1996-2000), Dean, Faculty of Horticulture (2007-2009) and Dean, Post Graduate Studies (2009-2012). Dr Mitra did his post doctoral research (1985-1986) at the Horticulture Research International, East Malling, UK as Commonwealth Fellow and worked as visiting Professor at the Institute Coltivazoni Arboree, Italy (1990), and University of Lavras, Brazil (2016).
Hi has published 252 scientific papers, 74 popular articles, 11 books, 1 IBPGR Descriptors and 28 technical reports. He has developed one coconut variety (Kalpa Mitra), two mango (Himsagar-HT 10 and Langra-LT 64 ) and three Jackfruit ( Jt-1, JT 39 and JT 40) clones.
Dr Mitra is presently serving as Board Member responsible for publications of ISHS, Science Editor, ISHS and Editor-in-Chief, Fruits: The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture. He is also the Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board of Acta Horticulturae and Chronica Horticulturae. He also serves as Chairman, Working Group on Avocado, and Jackfruit and other Moraceae.
Previously he was Chairman,Tropical and Subtropical Fruits.