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Although avocado has been cultivated and consumed for more than 9000 years near its centre of origin in Latin America, world production and trade has increased dramatically over the past few decades. The avocado is now a widely traded fruit between warmer and colder countries as a result of the global community becoming increasingly aware of the versatility and nutritional value of this crop. For the past decade, the world avocado industry has been going through a period of rapid technological change and innovation. The dietary value of "the most nutritious of all fruit" is also receiving more attention. This fully updated new edition of the successful 2002 book will provide a comprehensive review of avocado production, science and technology.
2. History, distribution and uses
3. Taxonomy and botany
4. Genetics and breeding
5. Ecology: climate and soils
6. Reproductive biology
8. Cultivars and rootstocks
11. Irrigation and nutrition
12. Crop management
13. Foliar, fruit and soil borne diseases
14. Insect and mite pests
15. Harvesting, packing, postharvest, transport and processing
16. A look toward the future
Bruce Schaffer is a Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, USA. He is internationally recognized for his research on ecophysiology of subtropical and tropical horticultural crops, particularly fruit crops, including avocado. In addition to the seven books and proceedings he has edited, he is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in over 40 different journals plus more than 160 other publications including book chapters, technical reports, proceedings papers, and abstracts
Anthony Whiley is the Managing Director and Principal Scientist of Sunshine Horticultural Services Pty Ltd, an Australian company providing research and consultancy services to Australian and international horticultural industries. Prior to assuming this role in 2002 he was employed for 34 years by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He is internationally recognized for his research on the agronomy and ecophysiology of subtropical and fruit tree crops, particularly avocados and mangoes. Apart from being an editor of the two editions of The Avocado: Botany, Production and Uses, he is author or co-author of 14 book chapters, in excess of 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers plus more than 200 other publications including national and international conference papers, technical reports, and extension articles. In 2008, Anthony Whiley was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), an honour bestowed by the Australia Federal Government in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of Australian horticultural science and production.
Nigel Wolstenholme (B.Sc. Agric. cum laude, Horticultural Science, 1960, Ph.D 1967) studied and lectured (1960 - 1998) at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, retiring in 1999. He became Head of the Department of Horticultural Science in 1988. Four year-long sabbaticals, two at Texas A & M University (pecan nut research), and two with co-editor Tony Whiley at Maroochy Horticultural Research Station, Queensland, Australia (avocado research), broadened his horizons. Since the mid - 1970's, research emphasized was the ecology, ecophysiology and horticultural manipulation of subtropical fruit crops for optimization of yield and fruit quality. He supervised or co-supervised 22 completed M.Sc. Agric. and 10 Ph.D candidates. Peer-reviewed scientific papers numbered ca. 60, plus 8 book chapters and 2 book co-editorships, and ca 190 industry-oriented scientific articles of various types. Amongst his prestigeous awards were the Golden Avocado Award (South African Avocado Growers' Association 1998), and Fellow of the University of Natal (1999).
"I believe this book will act as a valuable resource for everyone in the avocado industry. The editors and all the contributors are to be congratulated on the production of such a comprehensive account of the history, botany, production and uses of avocado."
– Chronica Horticulturae