Biology of Citrus provides a concise and comprehensive discussion of developmental, genetic and horticultural aspects of citriculture. The book covers the history and distribution of the crop, taxonomy and systematics, tree structure and function, reproductive physiology, citrus cultivation, the use of plant biotechnology and citrus genetics and breeding.
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'This work is of notable interest, based on the most up-to-date scientific and technical knowledge, which is undoubtedly useful for scholars of the subject and, in particular, for undergraduates as well as for students in advanced courses specialising in citriculture and horticulture.' P. L. Pisdani, Advances in Horticultural Science
' … the best general source of information on citrus available at this time for anyone working with citrus.' Heinz K. Watscher, Hortscience
' … ideal as an essential reference work for students and citrus specialists.' Fruits
'Biology of Citrus is easily read and highly recommended.' Patricia Broadbent, Annals of Botany
Biology of Citrus provides a concise and comprehensive discussion of all major developmental, genetic and horticultural aspects of citriculture in an easily readable text. The book deals with the history, distribution and climatic adaptation of the crop, followed by taxonomy and systematics, including a horticultural classification of edible citrus species. Subsequent chapters cover tree structure and function, reproductive physiology, including flowering, fruiting, productivity, ripening, post-harvest and fruit constituents. The main aspects of cultivated citrus, such as rootstocks, irrigation, pests, viruses and diseases are dealt with, leading to a concluding chapter that considers genetic improvement, including the use of tissue culture and plant biotechnology. The book includes many specially produced original illustrations and the extensive reading lists will make it invaluable for students and citrus specialists.
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