About this book
Despite being one of the most important agricultural crops, bananas have been largely neglected with only a few breeding programs. Aiming to provide practical understanding of banana breeding, this book presents a detailed account of the methodologies used in conventional and molecular breeding of bananas.
Chapters cover the origin, history, and distribution of bananas along with the genetics, reproductive biology, conventional breeding methods, seed production, disease management, pest management, propagation, biotechnology, hybrid distribution, quality improvement, processing, and value addition. It also details future prospects for the continued, successful cultivation of the fruit.
General Plant Morphology of Musa Deborah Karamura, Eldad Karamura, and Guy Blomme Evolution and Genetic Relationships in Banana and Plantains Uma Subbaraya, Marimuthu S. Saraswathi, and Michael Pillay Genetic Resources for Banana Improvement Markku Hakkinen and Richard Wallace Genomes, Cytogenetics, and Flow Cytometry of Musa Michael Pillay and Abdou Tenkouano Genetics of Important Traits in Musa Eli Khayat and Rodomiro Ortiz Major Diseases of Banana Guy Blomme, Simon Eden-Green, Mohammed Mustaffa, Bartholemew Nwauzoma, and Raman Thangavelu Integrated Pest Management of Banana Thomas Dubois and Daniel L. Coyne Reproductive Biology Jeanie Anne Fortescue and David William Turner Breeding Techniques Abdou Tenkouano, Michael Pillay, and Rodomiro Ortiz Mutations and Cultivar Development of Banana Shri Mohan Jain, Bradley Till, Prasnna Suprasanna, and Nicolas Roux Biotechnology in Musa Improvement Leena Tripathi Genotype by Environment Interaction and Musa Improvement Rodomiro Ortiz and Abdou Tenkouano Quality Improvement of Cultivated Musa Edson Perito Amorim, Sebastiao de Oliveira e Silva, Vanusia Batista de Oliveira Amorim, and Michael Pillay Postharvest Processed Products from Banana Cherukatu Kalathil Narayana and Michael Pillay Propagation Methods in Musa Michael Pillay, Christopher A. Cullis, David Talengera, and Leena Tripathi Hybrid Distribution to Farmers: Adoption and Challenges Abdou Tenkouano, Michael Pillay, and Ousmane Coulibaly Molecular Breeding of Other Vegetatively Propagated Crops: Lessons for Banana Michael Pillay, Abdou Tenkouano, and Rodomiro Ortiz Future Prospects Rodomiro Ortiz, Michael Pillay, and Abdou Tenkouano Index
Michael Pillay, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Abdou Tenkouano, Ph.D. is a counselor at the Research for Development Council at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Croydon, United Kingdom.