The various aspects of fruit cultivation mainly covered are nutritive and cultural significance; origin, history, and distribution ; taxonomical and botanical description ; climatic and soil adaptability; propagation technology and rootstocks; plant and fruit physiology; recommended and popular cultivars; soil cultural practices technology - water need, nutritional need, weed control, inter culture; plant cultural practices technology- training and pruning, fruit thinning ,fruit quality improvement , use of plant growth regulators; special problems; harvesting and production of fruits; post-harvest fruit technology; insect-pests and diseases management ; marketing and export potential. Section-1 covers 2 leading sub- tropical fruits of the country. Similarly, section- 2 covers 4 and section-3 covers 6 sub- tropical fruits in order of their importance. Scientists working in different Universities/ Institutions and Research Stations have contributed chapter on fruit crops in their respective areas of specialization. The book will be highly beneficial to the graduate and post-graduate students in Fruit Science, fruit growers, scientists and extension workers.
J.S. Bal: PhD. (Hort.), Former Professor of Horticulture, Department of Fruit Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004, Punjab.
VOLUME 1 Section 1: Fruit Area and Production Scenario 1. Fruit Area and Production Status by J.S. Bal Section 2: Fruit Plant Fundamentals Culture and Technology 2. Planning and Planting of an Orchard by Jaswinder Singh Brar and Krishan Kumar 3. Suitability of Climate and Soil by Jaswinder Singh Brar 4. Soil Cultural Practices Management by S.K.Upadhyay 5. Fruit Plant Canopy Management by N. Sharma, Chaitanya R. Belsare and D.P. Sharma 6. Nutritional Needs of Fruit Plants by P.P.S. Gill 7. Water Need of Fruit Plants by J.S. Chandel and Chaitanya R. Belsare 8. Physiology of Fruit Plants by J.S. Bal and K.S. Gill 9. Growth and Development of Fruits by N. Sharma and Preet Pratima Section 3: Fruit Plant Propagation Technology 10. Propagation Methods by V.K. Wali, Amit Jasrotia and Parshant Bakshi 11. Propagation Techniques and Rootstocks by V.K. Wali, Amit Jasrotia and Deep Ji Bhat 12 Tissue Culture and Biotechnology by P. Mohanpuria 13 Seed Germination and Dormancy by D.P. Sharma and Rimpika 14 Propagation Media, Mixtures and Containers by S.S. Gill and J.S. Bal 15 Care of Propagated Plants by J.S. Bal 16 Protected Cultivation by K.S. Gill and Rachna Arora Section 4: Post-harvest Fruit Technology 17 Fruit Maturity and Ripening by K.S. Thakur and Satish Sharma 18 Fruit Grading and Packaging B.V.C. Mahajan and by J.S.Bal 19 Treatments for Enhancing Shelf Life by B.V.C. Mahajan 20 Storage Techniques for Fruits by B.V.C. Mahajan 21 Post-harvest Transportation of Fruits by Jagmohan Singh Colour Plates. VOLUME 2 Section 1: Culture and Technology of Major Tropical Fruits 1. The Mango by V.K. Singh 2 . Banana by K. S. Gill and N. K. Arora 3. Guava by J.S. Bal 4. Papaya by S.K. Bhatia and R.B. Kumatkar 5. Pineapple P. P. Joy, T.A. Rashida Rajuva and R. Anjana Section 2: Culture and Technology of Common Tropical Fruits 6. Sapota Rajbir Singh Boora 7. Cashewnut by Adavi Rao Desai Section 3: Culture and Technology of Minor Tropical Fruits 8. Custard Apples by A.P. Gaikwad and S.R. Lohate 9. Jackfruit by P.M. Haldankar, Y.R. Parulekar, R.A. Patil and N.V. Dalvi, Colour Plates. VOLUME 3 Section 1:Culture and Technology of Major Sub-Tropical Fruits 1. Citrus by A.D. Huchche 2. Grapes by N.K. Arora, Navjot Gupta and M.I.S. Gill Section 2:Culture and Technology of Common Sub-Tropical Fruits 3. Pomegranate by B.N.S. Murthy and Awachare Chandrakant Madhav 4. The Ber (Indian Jujube) by J. S. Bal 5. Litchi by Alemwati Pongener, S.D. Pandey, and Vishal Nath 6. Aonla by Devi Singh and J.S. Bal Section 3:Culture and Technology of Minor Sub-Tropical Fruits 7. Loquat by H.K. Bons and J.S. Bal 8. Jamun by Rajbir Singh Boora 9. The Avocado by M. Tamilselvan 10. Phalsa by Deepa H. Dwivedi and Munni Gond 11. Date Palm by Anil Kumar, J.S.Bal and Nirmaljit Kaur 12. Fig by A. P. Gaikwad and S. R. Lohate, Colour Plates. VOLUME 4 Section 1: Culture and Technology of Major Temperate Fruits 1. Apple by D.P. Sharma, N. Sharma and Rimpika Section 2: Culture and Technology of Common Temperate Fruits 2. Pear by Sukhdev Singh 3. Peach by Harminder Singh and Indira Devi 4. Plum by J.S. Bal 5. Apricot by Deepji Bhat, V.K. Wali and Manish Bakshi 6. Walnut by Amit Kumar and K. Kumar Section 3: Culture and Technology of Minor Temperate Fruits 7. Almond by Arti Sharma,V.K.Wali and Simrandeep 8. Kiwi by J.S. Chandel and Pramod Verma 9. Cherry by Desh Beer Singh 10. Strawberry by S.K. Bhatia and R.B. Kumatkar Section 4: Culture and Technology of Minor Sub-Temperate Fruits 11. Persimmon by Girish Sharma, Kiran Thakur, Deepika Negi and Nirmla Chauhan, Colour Plates.