The coconut palm is a very important plant in the tropical regions, both as a cash crop and in subsistence agriculture. Although most coconut production is dedicated to copra and its subsequent oil extraction, the number of products that can be obtained from the palm is seemingly limitless. However, the coconut industry has several problems that affect its productivity, especially: the use of unimproved planting material, the old age of existing plantations, and various pests and diseases. This book deals with the most severe of the diseases, lethal yellowing, which has killed millions of coconut palms in Latin America and the Caribbean alone and which, together with related diseases in Africa and possibly India and Southeast Asia, poses a world-wide threat to coconut production. The papers were presented to a symposium on "Lethal Yellowing Research and Practical Aspects", held in Mexico in November 1993. The book should help to maintain the momentum in lethal yellowing research, stimulating further research on coconut palms, an orphan crop having many uses.
Part 1: Introduction to lethal yellowing. Part 2: Aspects of the disease. Part 3: Diagnosis and detection. Part 4: Control of lethal yellowing. Part 5: Genetic resources and improvement. Part 6: In vitro tissue culture. Part 7: Future directions for the coconut industry.
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