Tropical horticulture. Volume 2.
This book is intended for a wide range of readers and will be useful to students, research scientists, horticulturists, growers, farmers and entrepreneurs interested in tropical crops. The book has 20 contributors and provides updated information from recent research on all aspects of production technology and related topics. It is divided into 5 sections: (1) Organic farming in horticultural crops; (2) Vegetables - importance, production and export; crop production; breeding; seed production; seed treatment; (3) Mushrooms - history; nutritive value; medicinal value; biology; ecology; physiology; reproductive genetics; crop production; pests, diseases and weeds; postharvest technology; trade; problems and prospects; (4) Medicinal plants - importance and scope; classification; processing and utilization; storage; quality; and importance, distribution, botany, climate, cultivation, postharvest technology, properties and activity of individual species; (5) Aromatic plants - importance and scope; major aromatic plants; extraction and utilization of aromatic principles; and distribution, botany, climate, propagation, cultivation, postharvest technology, and oil physicochemical properties of individual species . There is a bibliography at the end of each section and glossaries of medical and aromatic terms at the end of the book.