Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Crop ecology, cultivation and uses of cactus pear.

Abstract

Cactus crops are gaining increasing interest across the globe, in particular cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica), because of its unique characteristics which provide resilience to the harsh conditions, such as drought, high temperatures and poor soils. This book, containing 17 chapters, discusses the cactus pear history and economic and agro-ecological importance; origin and taxonomy; morphology and anatomy; ecophysiology and reproductive biology; genetic resources; fruit production and postharvest management; forage production and supply for animal nutrition; vegetable cactus production and utilization; cochineal (Dactylopius spp.) breeding; diseases and insect pests; processing and utilization of fruit cladodes and seeds; nutritional properties and medicinal derivative of fruits and cladodes; ecosystem goods and services; global invasions: control, management and conflicts of interest; biogas production; marketing and communication constraints and strategies.