The Biology of Citrus (The Biology of Horticultural Crops)

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9780521054249: The Biology of Citrus (The Biology of Horticultural Crops)

This book provides a concise and comprehensive discussion of all major developmental, genetic and horticultural aspects of citriculture in an easily readable text. It covers 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, postharvest and fruit constituents. This valuable reference for professionals and advanced students also covers the main aspects of cultivated citrus, such as rootstocks, irrigation, pests, viruses and diseases, as well as genetic improvement, including the use of tissue culture and plant biotechnology. Contains many original illustrations specially produced for the book.

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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 covers the history and distribution of the crop, taxonomy and systematics, tree structure and function, reproductive physiology and the main aspects of cultivated citrus. A concluding chapter considers the potential for genetic improvement, including the use of tissue culture and plant biotechnology.The book is heavily illustrated and the extensive reading lists will make the book invaluable for students and citrus specialists.

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"...the best general source of information on citrus available at this time for anyone working with citrus." HortScience

"The history and growing of citrus is described in a well-illustrated chapter that provides an excellent overview of the movement of different types of citrus within South East Asia, where it originated." L. Gene Albrigo, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"...an excellent treatment...well illustrated...very insightful..." L. Gene Albrigo, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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