The Agronomy and Economy of Important Tree Crops of the Developing World

1st Edition

Authors: K.P. Prabhakaran Nair
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123846778
eBook ISBN: 9780123846785
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 11th May 2010
Page Count: 368
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Major tree crops contribute substantially to the economy of many developing countries on the Asian, African and Latin American continents. For example, coffee is the main revenue earner for Kenya. This book provides a comprehensive review of the agronomy, botany, taxonomy, genetics, chemistry, economics, and future global prospects of a range of crops that have great food, industrial and economic value such as cocoa, coffee, cashew, oil palm and natural rubber.

Key Features

  • Discusses the major tree crops of great economic value to the developing world
  • The author is an eminent scientist who has won numerous awards for his work in this area


Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop and soil sciences and plant science.

Table of Contents


1. Arecanut

The agronomy of Arecanut

Arecanut Pathology

Arecanut Entomology

Arecanut Nematology

Harvesting and Processing of Arecanut

A peep into Arecanut’s future

2. Cashewnut

History, evolutionary origin and distribution of cashew

Economic Botany of Cashew

The genetic improvement of the cashew plant

Establishing and managing a cashew orchard

Manuring a cashew orchard

Controlling the pests and diseases in Cashew plantations

Cashew end products

Cashew Kernel

Cashew Kernel Peel

Cashewnut Shell Liquid (CNSL)

Cashew shell cake

Value added products

3. The Coconut Palm

The evolution of coconut along the drifting coastlines

Human influence on coconut evolution

Botany of coconut


The trunk

Cytogenetics of Coconut

Source of diversity

Characterization of the genome of the coconut palm

Constraints in coconut breeding

Hybrids and their future

Commercial production of hybrid seeds

Agronomy of coconut


Coconut-based mixed cropping systems and their management

Seed and Seedling management

Germination rate

Polybag seedlings

Seedling selection

Field management

Productive Palms

Adaptation to Biotic factors

The Range of Coconut Pests

Adaptation in coconut palm

A devastating virus

Adaptating the coconut to market needs

Yield potential of the coconut palm

Quality traits

The fatty acid mix

Coconut as a food item

Research and development in coconut production

Global coordination

National Research Centers

Research in India and Sri Lanka

Research in the second half of the 20th century

A pee


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About the Author

K.P. Prabhakaran Nair

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India