The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger

The Invaluable Medicinal Spice Crops


  • K.P. Prabhakaran Nair, Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India

Turmeric has been used as a medicine, a condiment, and a dye since at least 600 B.C., while ginger has been used extensively throughout history for its medicinal purposes. The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger brings these two important plants together in one reference book, explaining their history, production techniques, and nutritional and medicinal properties in detail.

This book is intuitively organized by plant and use, allowing quick access to information. It puts the uniquely Indian use and history of turmeric and ginger plants into a global context of production and economic aspects. It explores the plants from a botanical perspective, and goes into details of their chemical composition as well. Rounding out the book are chapters on disease and pest control issues.

The book is a valuable resource for those involved in the production and marketing of these plants, as well as those looking for more information on the medicinal and nutritional properties of turmeric and ginger.

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Students and researchers in agriculture, industry, policy planners and those involved in global pharmacopoeia.


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-394801-4


"This volume examines the spice crops of turmeric and ginger. It delves into the origin, history, botany, genetics, chemistry, biotechnology, agronomy, nutrition and nutrient management, entomology, nematology, diseases, harvesting and postharvest management, and nutraceutical propertiesā€¦"--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013

Table of Contents

1: Historical Perspectives, Origin and History, Area and Production and Global Scenario

2.Genetics of Turmeric, Conservation and Management of Genetic Resources, Protection of Plant Varieties

3.The Botany of Turmeric, Origin and Distribution, Taxonomy , Morphology and Cytology, Turmeric Improvement, through Mutation and Hybridization

4: The Chemistry of Turmeric: Turmeric Oil, Turmeric Oleoresin, Volatiles, Microencapsulation, Turmeric Turmerones, Curcuminoids, Biosynthesis of Curcuminoids

5: The biotechnology of Turmeric

6: Agronomy of Turmeric: Soil and climate, Propagation, Planting, Cropping system, Harvesting, Storage of seed rhizome

7: Nutrition and Nutrient management in Turmeric: Soil tests and nutrient availability, nutrient requirement and uptake, inorganic fertilization, organics, Biofertilizers, Role of Growth regulators

8: Turmeric Entomlogy: The chapter deals with insect pests and their control in turmeric production

9: Turmeric Nematology: The chapter discusses various nematodes which attack turmeric and their control measures

10: Major diseases of Turmeric

11: Post Harvest Management

12: Nutraceutical Properties of Turmeric

13: Ornamental Curcuma

14: Turmeric in Ayurveda