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The avocado: botany, production and uses.

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This book is comprised of 15 chapters covering principles and basic understanding in avocado science, technology, best management practices and postharvest aspects. It is aimed at avocado researchers, libraries, teachers and academics, students, advisers, cutting edge growers and industry support personnel. Topics discussed include the history, distribution, uses, taxonomy, botany, genetics, breed...


Chapter 10 (Page no: 268)


This chapter focuses on the role of biotechnology in avocado breeding, such as micropropagation of shoots via axillary branching for fungal resistance, embryo rescue for the efficient recovery of genotypes from selected crosses, genomics and establishment of embryogenic lines from immature zygotic embryos. TMethods for transforming avocado embryogenic cultures are discussed and advances in gene cloning linked to improvements of avocado regeneration are presented. The use of currently available cryopreservation techniques for preserving selected embryogenic cell lines and avoiding the loss of embryogenic competence, which occurs with time, is also pointed out.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Schaffer, B. Wolstenholme, B. N. Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 10) History, distribution and uses. Author(s): Bost, J. B. Smith, N. J. H. Crane, J. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Taxonomy and botany. Author(s): Chanderbali, A. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Wolstenholme, B. N.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 51) Genetics and breeding. Author(s): Lahav, E. Lavi, U.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 86) Ecology: climate and soils. Author(s): Wolstenholme, B. N.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 118) Reproductive biology. Author(s): Salazar-García, S. Garner, L. C. Lovatt, C. J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 168) Ecophysiology. Author(s): Schaffer, B. Gil, P. M. Mickelbart, M. V. Whiley, A. W.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 200) Cultivars and rootstocks. Author(s): Crane, J. H. Douhan, G. Faber, B. A. Arpaia, M. L. Bender, G. S. Balerdi, C. F. Barrientos-Priego, A. F.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 234) Propagation. Author(s): Ernst, A. A. Whiley, A. W. Bender, G. S.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 301) Irrigation and mineral nutrition. Author(s): Lahav, E. Whiley, A. W. Turner, D. W.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 342) Crop management. Author(s): Whiley, A. W. Wolstenholme, B. N. Faber, B. A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 380) Foliar, fruit and soilborne diseases. Author(s): Dann, E. K. Ploetz, R. C. Coates, L. M. Pegg, K. G.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 423) Insect and mite pests. Author(s): Peña, J. E. Hoddle, M. S. Aluja, M. Palevsky, E. Ripa, R. Wysoki, M.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 489) Harvesting, packing, postharvest technology, transport and processing. Author(s): Hofman, P. J. Bower, J. Woolf, A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea 'La Mayora', Universidad de Málaga-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IHSM-UMA-CSIC), Departamento de Biología Vegetal, 29071 Málaga, Spain.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2013
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937010
  • Record Number
  • 20133051571