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Biology of Citrus

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978 0521 054249
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The literature on the evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology and genetics of citrus is voluminous and spread between many different publications. This NEW softcover edition replicates the hardcover edition. This book aims to provide a concise, up-to-date, comprehensive and critical overview of the biology and cultivation of citrus, accessible to all concerned with citrus biology and culture. 

The book begins by considering the origin and history of citrus from antiquity to modern times.  The distribution of various citrus crops is then described, leading to a discussion of the taxonomy of citrus and the horticultural classification of the main citrus species.  Particular attention is paid to problems of taxonomy within the genus Citrus and the contribution that the techniques of molecular biology have made towards their solution.  A description of the vegetative and reproductive anatomy of citrus precedes a full discussion of reproductive physiology, dealing with flowering, fruiting, productivity, ripening, postharvest and fruit constituents.  The main aspects of cultivated citrus, such as rootstocks, irrigation and mineral nutrition, pests, viruses and diseases are dealt with, leading to a concluding chapter that considers the potential for genetic improvement, including the use of tissue culture and plant biotechnology. 

Biology of Citrus includes many original illustrations and offers lists of recommended reading as well as extensive references to the primary literature, making it ideal as an essential reference work for students and citrus specialists.

Contents:  History & growing, Citrus & its relatives, The vegetative citrus tree: development & function, Reproductive physiology: flowering & fruiting, Aspects of cultivated citrus, Genetic improvement. 

P Spiegel-Roy & EE Goldschmidt, 2008, 230 p, illustrated, soft.   (List: $46.99)  $41.99

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