The first of two volumes, this book covers major tropical fruits such as avocado, litchi, mango, papaya and pineapple. Early chapters describe the tropics and its soils and deal with key issues such as tree management and postharvest handling, updated and expanded to include best handling practices and food safety issues and the way to address these issues in marketing. Following these are self-contained chapters on single fruits which provide in-depth studies of botany, areas of origin and distribution, descriptions of ecological requirements and world production and utilization of each fruit. Propagation & cultural practices from ancient to modern are described to show the regional differences that environmental and biological pressures exert on fruit production and fruit quality. Tropical Fruits is essential reading for students and teachers of horticulture as well as horticultural industry personnel and policy-makers.
Odilo Duarte Emeritus Professor Duarte graduated with BS from Universidad Agraria - La Molina, Lima, Peru, a MS in Horticulture from University of California - Davis, MBA from the Universidad del Pacifico - Lima, Peru and a Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences Cum Laude from Technische Universitaet, in Fruit Crop Production. He was Head of the Fruit Crops section, Escuela Agricola Panamericana at El Zamorano, Honduras from 1989 to 2008 when he retired and returned to Peru. Prior to his years at El Zamorano, he was Professor and Head of the Fruit Crops Research Program Universidad Agraria, La Molina, Lima, Peru, has held a number of managerial positions in private industry, and has had numerous consultancy on tropical fruit production. At El Zamorano, he received several student awards for his undergraduate teaching. He is widely published in the area of tropical fruit production and propagation.