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Bananas and plantains.

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The Crop Production Science in Horticulture series examines economically important horticultural crops selected from the major production systems in temperate, subtropical and tropical climatic areas. Systems represented range from open field and plantation sites to protected plastic and glass houses, growing rooms and laboratories. Emphasis is placed on the scientific principles underlying crop p...

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Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Distribution and importance.

This chapter discusses the origin, early and present distribution of bananas and plantains (Musa). The main banana-producing countries are presented, which are classified (according to world production and trade) into four large groups, namely the dollar area, ACP countries (referring to the 48 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries), EU producers and other producing countries. The main banana markets, i.e. the markets for tropical export bananas, for subtropical local production, for local trade and staple diets, and for processing, are described. Some factors influencing world trade, including political, environmental, social and quarantine issues, as well as climatic disasters, are discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Taxonomic classification, cultivars and breeding. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 51) Morphological characteristics and plant development. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Climatic requirements and problems. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 89) Phenological and physiological responses. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 115) Site selection, soil requirements and soil preparation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 125) Establishing a plantation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 149) Systems of cultivating bananas and product certifications. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 161) Nutritional requirements. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 179) Water requirements and irrigation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Horticultural management. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 217) Diseases. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 233) Pests. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 245) Harvesting and fruit handling. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 259) Ripening, biochemistry and uses. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.