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The avocado: botany, production and uses.

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This multiauthor book consists of 14 sections covering all aspects of avocado production and science, including the uses, taxonomy, botany, genetics, breeding, ecology, growth and development, propagation, cultivars and rootstocks, cultivation, nutrition, biotechnology, pests and diseases (and their control), and harvesting and postharvest aspects (including storage, packing and transport) of avoc...


Chapter 9 (Page no: 213)


In vitro procedures for avocado are versatile. Plants can be regenerated via axillary branching and somatic embryogenesis. Micropropagation of juvenile tissue most probably will have some utility for propagating proprietary rootstock selections, while micropropagation of plants of adult origin could be applicable for propagation of rootstock at lower cost. Somatic embryogenesis in avocado would facilitate somatic cell genetic manipulation, such as in vitro mutation and selection, genetic transformation and somatic hybridization, by generating novel variability unavailable through conventional breeding.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) History, distribution and uses. Author(s): Knight, R. J., Jr.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) Taxonomy and botany. Author(s): Scora, R. W. Wolstenholme, B. N. Lavi, U.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 39) Genetics and classical breeding. Author(s): Lahav, E. Lavi, U.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 71) Ecology: climate and the edaphic environment. Author(s): Wolstenholme, B. N.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 101) Reproductive biology. Author(s): Gazit, S. Degani, C.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 135) Environmental physiology. Author(s): Schaffer, B. Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 161) Cultivars and rootstocks. Author(s): Newett, S. D. E. Crane, J. H. Balerdi, C. F.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 189) Propagation. Author(s): Bender, G. S. Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 231) Crop management. Author(s): Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 259) Irrigation and mineral nutrition. Author(s): Lahav, E. Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 299) Foliar, fruit and soilborne diseases. Author(s): Pegg, K. G. Coates, L. M. Korsten, L. Harding, R. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 339) Insect and mite pests. Author(s): Waite, G. K. Martinez Barrera, R.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 363) Harvesting, packing, postharvest technology, transport and processing. Author(s): Hofman, P. J. Fuchs, Y. Milne, D. L.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Departamento Biología Vegetal, Facultad de Ciencias, Campus de Teatinos, s/n, 29071 Málaga, Spain.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851993577
  • Record Number
  • 20083015152