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Book cover for Tomatoes.


This multiauthor book contains 10 chapters written by internationally renowned experts with extensive knowledge of their subjects. Following an introduction to the tomato crop and the industry, subsequent chapters cover genetics and breeding; developmental processes; crop growth and yield; fruit ripening and fruit quality; irrigation and fertilization; crop protection (control of weeds, nematodes,...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Introduction: the tomato crop and industry.

This chapter briefly covers the classification and taxonomy of the tomato, genetic variation within the Lycopersicon genus, and the origin, history and uses of the tomato. The general characteristics of fresh and processed tomatoes are mentioned and the types available (classic round; cherry and cocktail; plum and baby plum; beefsteak; and vine or truss) are briefly described. A worldwide overview of today's tomato industry is presented, followed by short descriptions of tomato production in different countries grouped under the following geographical regions: Europe and Turkey (Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium, France, Germany and the UK, and Turkey), South Asia (China, India, Japan and South Korea), North America (USA and Canada), Central and South America (Chile and Mexico, and Brazil), Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) and Africa and the Middle East. Finally, future perspectives for the tomato industry are considered.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Genetics and breeding. Author(s): Lindhout, P.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 53) Developmental processes. Author(s): Heuvelink, E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 85) Crop growth and yield. Author(s): Heuvelink, E. Dorais, M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 145) Fruit ripening and fruit quality. Author(s): Saltveit, M. E.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 171) Irrigation and fertilization. Author(s): Peet, M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 199) Crop protection. Author(s): Csizinszky, A. A. Schuster, D. J. Jones, J. B. Lenteren, J. C. van
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 237) Production in the open field. Author(s): Csizinszky, A. A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 257) Greenhouse tomato production. Author(s): Peet, M. M. Welles, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 305) Postharvest biology and handling. Author(s): Saltveit, M. E.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Instituto Superior da Agronomia, Dep. Botãnica e Engenharia Biológica, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2005
  • ISBN
  • 9780851993966
  • Record Number
  • 20063016909