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The Peach - Botany, Production and Uses

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978 1845 933869
1.80 LBS
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The Peach, illustrated with an extensive colour plate section, presents a comprehensive review of research summarizing our understanding of peaches and their production worldwide. Tremendous variety exists within the cultivated peach germplasm, resulting in hundreds of peach cultivars grown successfully in diverse climatic and geographic regions. However, producing peaches profitably requires complex techniques including careful management of pruning and training, soil fertility, water availability, crop load and pest management.

The Peach provides an overview of historical practices but also considers new trends and prospects for the future. Chapters written by international authorities include botany and taxonomy, breeding and genetics of cultivars and rootstocks, propagation, physiology and planting systems, crop and pest management as well as postharvest physiology.

Horticulture researchers, academics and students as well as consultants, extension specialists and growers will find this a vital resource for all information related to the peach.


Dedication, Contributors, Preface, Acknowledgements

22 Chapters:  Botany and taxonomy, History of cultivation and trends in China, Classical genetics and breeding, Genetic engineering and genomics, Low-chill cultivar development, Fresh market cultivar development, Processing peach cultivar development, Rootstock development, Propagation techniques, Carbon assimilation, partitioning and budget modelling, Orchard planting systems, Crop load management, Nutrient and water requirements of peach trees, Orchard floor management systems, Diseases of peach caused by fungi and fungal-like organisms: Biology, epidemiology and management, Diseases caused by prodaryotes - bacteria and phytoplasmas, Viruses and viroids of peach trees, Insects and mites, Nematodes, Preharvest factors affecting peach quality, Ripening, nutrition & postharvest physiology, Harvesting & postharvest handling of peaches for the fresh market


Desmond R Layne and Daniele Bassi, 2008, 615 pgs, illustrated, b&w photographs, 46 pgs of color plates.  (List: $250.00)  $199.00



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