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 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.
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.