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; planning and planting; 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 5 leading tropical fruits of the country. Similarly, Section- 2 and Section- 3 each covers 2 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.
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.