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Introduction to Fruit Crops (Crop Science) [Paperback]

Mark Rieger

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17 Jun 2008 156022259X 978-1560222590 Pap/Com
Find vital facts and information on a wide range of fruit crops—without having to read the entire chapter!

Introduction to Fruit Crops combines an easy-to-use format with a complete review of essential facts about the world’s top fruit crops, making this both the premiere introductory textbook for students AND a superior reference book for avid gardeners, country agents, and horticulture educators. Each fruit is studied and clearly explained through its taxonomy, origin, history of cultivation, production, botanical description, optimum soil and climate, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. The book provides a comprehensive introductory section on fruit culture and, in following chapters, a standard outline for each crop to allow readers to find facts rapidly without having to read the entire chapter. This invaluable text includes detailed references and reading lists, making this a perfect addition for reference in university libraries.

Pomology, the branch of botany that studies the cultivation of fruits, has unique facts and features not found in the studies of other cultivated crops. Introduction to Fruit Crops takes these unique pomological concepts and important facts about the most popular cultivated fruits of the world and presents them in a consistent reader-friendly format that is readily understandable to beginning students. Professionals in the plant or agriculture sciences will find this text to be a powerful reference tool to answer their questions and find facts quickly and easily. Other issues explored include preventative measures from pests and diseases and practical cultivation strategies to best encourage maximum yield for each crop. Tables, graphs, and a multitude of color photographs assist readers to completely understand crucial information and the various stages of fruit growth for each crop. A detailed appendix explains common names, scientific names, and families of fruit crops. Another appendix presents conversion factors used in the text. A glossary helps beginners by clearly explaining common terms used in fruit crop study.

Introduction to Fruit Crops includes information on:
  • scientific names
  • folklore
  • medicinal properties
  • non-food usage
  • production
  • botanical description
  • plant morphology
  • pollination
  • soils
  • climate
  • propagation
  • rootstocks
  • planting design, training, and pruning
  • pest problems—including weeds, insects, mites, and diseases
  • harvest and postharvest handling
  • food uses

    Some of the crops described include:
  • African oil palm
  • banana
  • orange
  • grape
  • apple
  • coconut
  • coffee
  • strawberry
  • nuts
  • olives
  • and many, many others!

This one text provides an extensive, easily understandable overview of the processes for growing healthy fruit in today’s world for beginners and is a valuable desk reference for plant science professionals of all types.

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Humankind's relationship with fruiting plants began long before the origins of agriculture in 8,000 to 10,000 BC, when all human beings practiced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reference as well as easy to read 13 Jan 2007
By B. Ruemmele - Published on Amazon.com
This book works great for a college-level fruit production course, but is also written in a format any enthusiast of growing fruit crops could understand. In addition to general growing techniques, major crops from around the world are described in further detail with regard to their specific production. Additional information on the history of the crops and other non-food uses adds to the enjoyment of learning about the various fruit crops.
4.0 out of 5 stars horticultural focus 5 April 2014
By Yussra - Published on Amazon.com
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The topic is interesting, but more horticultural than botanical (the science is applied rather than theoretical). Also, I bought a used copy, I think, and all of the color plates fell apart after very light use. It's a bother when pages start falling out of a book! But it's interesting to learn about fruits. :o)
3.0 out of 5 stars fruit crop 30 May 2013
By Dcs - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is okay but I expected more. Talks briefly about a variety of different crops but is not as detailed as I would have liked. Still has been an interesting read. Good for someone looking to get a nice overview of different crops.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good! 14 Feb 2013
By Brittney - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been using this book for a semester long class and so far its pretty straight forward. I like that it give little info bits about the fruit so you can learn a lot about the fruit without seeming like your reading long blan paragraphs.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The textbook or instructors manual? 8 Mar 2007
By A. Jurges - Published on Amazon.com
I ordered this item believing it was the textbook. However, this item turned out to be the instructors manual. Not clearly marked in the description.
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