The book is a comprehensive and need oriented volume encompassing the latest and balanced information about various aspects of fruit culture tropical & subtropical.
Following is a sampling of topics covered. Introductory on Fruit Industry deals briefly with production statistics, social, nutritive and industrial relevance and importance of fruit production.
Second provides a complete overview of all principles and practices associated with Orchard planning, Layout and Management in a very abridged manner.
The third on Classification of fruit crops includes botanical, horticultural and environmental grouping in a very precise but meaningful manner.
Following s give a detailed account on different aspects including origin, distribution, botany & varieties, classification, climate & soil requirements, propagation, cultivation methods, flowering, harvesting, post harvest methods and crop protection of different fruit crops coming under each group such as tropical, subtropical and arid & semi-arid fruits.
IV is on tropical fruits - Banana, Guava, Mangosteen, Papaya Pineapple and Sapota. V is on ten major subtropical fruits Avocado, Citrus, Grapes, Litchi, Loquat, Mango, Olive, Passion fruit, Persimmon and Pomegranate.
VI contains details of eight major arid & semi-arid fruit crops namely, Aonla, Ber, Custard apple, Date, Fig, Jack, Jamun and Phalsa.
Apart from these major fruit crops, VII gives a brief but comprehensive account on a large number of under and un - exploited fruit crops of tropical and subtropical parts of the world.
This gives details of well-known minor fruits and a list of other very less known fruit species, which can be made the subject of detailed study for further utilization and information generation.
Information provided in this compilation will be of use to students, teachers, scientists, extension workers, orchardists and others interested in fruit culture.