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Bananas and plantains are major fruit crops in the tropics and subtropics and make a vital contribution to the economies of a number of countries. They are very important in the nutrition of local populations as well as tradeable commodities with large markets throughout the developed world. This text provides an accessible review of the scientific principles of banana production and relates these to field practices. Although the focus is on commercial cavendish banana production, plantains are also discussed where possible. The author also makes comparisons between commercial banana production in the tropics and in the subtropics, where different climates necessitate different management. Bananas and Plantains should be suitable for students and nonspecialist research workers and professionals in horticulture, agronomy and food science.
- Distribution and importance
- taxonomic classification, cultivars and breeding
- morphological characteristics and plant development
- climatic requirements and problems
- phenological and physiological responses
- site selection, soil requirements and soil preparation
- establishing a plantation
- nutritional requirements
- water requirements and irrigation
- horticultural management
- harvesting and fruit handling
- ripening, biochemistry and uses
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