Breeding Plantation Tree Crops: Tropical Species

Tree species are indispensable to human needs. Due to their long life cycle and environmental sensitivity, breeding trees for sustainable production is a formidable challenge on order to meet the demands of growing human population and industries. Fruit crops such as apple, cocoa, mango, citrus, litchi, pear, dates, and coconut or industrial crops including rubber and tea, improving yield under the optimal, sub-optimal and marginal areas call for a unified worldwide efforts. While the uniqueness of coconut as ‘kalpavriksha’ (Sanskrit-meaning tree of life) makes its presence in every continent from Far East to South America, tree crops like cocoa, oil palm, rubber, apple, peach and walnut prove their environmental sensitivity towards tropical, sub tropical and temperate climates. Date palm is quintessential for desert climate. Thus, from soft drinks to breweries to oil to tires, the value addition offers a spectrum of products to human kind, enriched with nutritional, environmental, financial, and trade related attributes. This volume is a compilation of information on breeding of tropical tree species and provides first hand comprehensive knowledge to research, teach, and make policies.
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