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This book is the first comprehensive monograph on ginger, which has been valued as a spice and medicinal plant from ancient times both in India and in China. It is now used universally in traditional medicine as well as in modern medicine for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy and for the prevention of motion sickness. The present volume covers all aspects of ginger: botany, crop improvement, chemistry, biotechnology, production technology in the major producing countries, diseases, pests, harvesting, processing, products, economics and marketing, pharmacology, medicinal uses, and uses as a spice and flavoring. Experts in genetic resources conservation, botany, breeding, and biotechnology of ginger give an in-depth analysis of these important topics.
Introduction, P.N. Ravindran and K. Nirmal BabuBotany and Crop Improvement of Ginger, P.N. Ravindran, K. Nirmal Babu, and K.N. ShivaChemistry of Ginger, Gaston Vernin and Cyril ParkanyiTissue Culture and Biotechnology of Ginger, K. Nirmal Babu, K. Samsudeen, Minoo Divakaran, Geetha S. Pillai, and P.N. RavindranGinger Production in India and Other South Asian Countries, E.V. Nybe and N. Mini RajGinger Production in South East Asia, Ai Xizhen, Song Jinfeng, and Xu XiaGinger Production in Africa and Pacific Ocean Islands, P.A. OkwuowuluDiseases of Ginger, N.P. DohrooBacterial Diseases of Ginger and their Control, A. Kumar and A.C. HaywardInsect Pests of Ginger, S. Devasahayam and K.M. Abdulla KoyaPost Harvest and Industrial Processing of Ginger, K.V. BalakrishnanProduction, Marketing and Economics of Ginger, M.S. MadanPharmacology of Ginger, Ikuko Kimura, Leonora R. Pancho, and Hiroshi TsunekiMedicinal Properties and Uses of Ginger, R. Remadevi, E. Surendran, and P. N. RavindranGinger as Spice and Flavourant, K.S. PremavalliYield Gaps Constraints in Ginger, K.V. Peter, E.V. Nybe, and Alice KurienOther Economically Important Zingiber Species, M. Sabu and Dave Skinner