The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger

1st Edition

The Invaluable Medicinal Spice Crops

Authors: K.P. Prabhakaran Nair
Print ISBN: 9780123948014
eBook ISBN: 9780123948243
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st March 2013
Page Count: 544
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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.

Key Features

  • The first book to bring together extensive information about turmeric and ginger
  • Incorporates medicinal, nutritional and agricultural aspects of the two plants
  • Offers a global perspective


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

Table of Contents



1. Turmeric: Origin and History

Area and Production

Global Turmeric Scenario


2. The Botany of Turmeric

Origin and Distribution

Turmeric Taxonomy

Taxonomic Investigations in Curcuma

Use of Isoenzymes

Molecular Markers

Morphology of Turmeric

Germination of Seed and Establishment of Seedling Progenies

The Curcuma Cytology

The Curcuma Karyomorphology

The Curcuma Meiotic Investigations

The Curcuma Nuclear DNA Content

Chromosome Number in Curcuma Seedling Progenies

Turmeric Crop Improvement

Clonal Selection in Turmeric

Turmeric Improvement by Seedling Selection

Mutation and Selection Induced Crop Improvement in Turmeric

Hybridization and Selection in Turmeric


3. Genetics of Turmeric

The Diversity of Turmeric Species

Curcuma spp.—Its Characterization

Molecular Characterization

The Diversity in Turmeric Cultivars

Genetic Variability in Turmeric

The Conservation and Management of Turmeric Genetic Resources

Biodiversity and GIS Technology

Turmeric and Intellectual Property Rights

Controversial Patent Cases Involving Turmeric and Traditional Knowledge


4. The Chemistry of Turmeric

Turmeric Oil

Turmeric Oleoresin

Turmeric Turmerones

Turmeric Curcuminoids

Specific Beneficial Properties of Curcuminoids

Extraction and Estimation of Curcumin

Biosynthesis of Curcuminoids


5. The Biotechnology of Turmeric

Tissue Culture

Explants and Media

Callus Induction

In Vitro Screening

Exchange of Turmeric Germplasm and In Vitro Conservation


In Vitro Mutagenesis

In Vitro Pollination


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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


"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 properties…"--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013