Genesis and Evolution of Horticultural Crops Vol. 1
K V Peter
ISBN : 9781787150010 (Hard Bound)
Pages : 382
Year : 2017
Weight : 800gms
Price : £ 80.00

Dedication v
Acknowledgement vii
Foreword ix
Preface xi
Contributors xv
Introduction xix
1. Amaranths 1
2. Black pepper 35
3. Baby corn 47
4. Basil 67
5. Bay Laurel 85
6. Cactus Pears 93
7. Cashew 111
8. French bean 143
9. Garlic 157
10. Hyacinth Bean 177
11. Kokum 189
12. Luffa Gourds 195
13. Momordica 207
14. Onion 223
15. Potato onion 251
16. Pineapple 263
17. Pomegranate 297
18. Radish 313
19. Saffron 325
20. Tea 341
21. Watermelon 349

Genesis means origin and Evolution narrates change in morphology, genotype and phenotype due to changes caused by man, environment, natural disasters and migration. Horticultural crops-fruits, vegetables, plantation crops, spices, ornamentals, aromatic and medicinal plants-underwent evolutionary processes and steps to reach present forms and types. Breeding for ideotypes, mechanical harvesting, resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, transgenics and molecular breeding, assisted marker selection and the whole GM technology have accelerated the evolutionary processes. Vol.1 of the present series is enriched with 21 selected horticultural crops contributed by the authorities/experts in their respective fields. It is hoped that this publication would attract world wide audience of students, teachers, evolutionary researchers, botanists, agriculturists, horticulturists, plant scientists and others interested in horticultural crops

Prof. K V Peter, Director World Noni Research Foundation, Chennai is the Former Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU); Director, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut; Director of Research KAU and Professor of Horticulture from 1979. A post graduate from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (1969-1975), he is associated with development of biotic stress resistant varieties in Chilli (Pant-C1, Pant-C2), tomato (Sakthi) and brinjal (Surya) which are grown through out the country. Prof. Peter provided managerial support to the ICAR Indian Institute of Spices Research Calicut to possess the World’s largest collection of black pepper and cardamom germplasm. The technology package for protected cultivation of bush pepper would make available green pepper throughout the year. A prolific writer and academic editor he authored/edited 72 books published both in India and abroad, 16 technical bulletins, 110 research papers, 22 short research notes, 15 scientific reviews, 111 papers in symposia/seminars, 85 chapters in books, 307 popular articles and 17 radio/TV programmes.