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Cover for Crossing in oil palm: a manual.

This manual discusses first the history of cultivation and breeding, as well as the pollen and embryo sac biology, fertilization, germplasm and commercial crossing, of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis). Then, guidelines in health and safety issues relating to crossing in oil palm are given, followed by...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Introduction.

A brief history of the evolution of the oil palm crop is provided, from domestication and small-scale production in Africa (its centre of origin/diversity) to crop expansion, especially in South-east Asia, in becoming the world's top oil crop. Knowledge of the biology and genetics of oil palm are...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Health and safety considerations.

All field and laboratory operations should have standard health and safety protocols. These may vary according to local requirements and standards. Some equipment will also come with instructions on proper use, which may involve training, including health and safety issues. Failure to abide by...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Pollen collection and storage.

Shed pollen of oil palm is binucleate, it has two cells (one vegetative and one generative), and can live for about a week in situ. However, fresh pollen can be collected from flowering male inflorescences, purified and stored for over 20 years in cold, desiccated and vacuumed conditions. The...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Pollen viability testing.

Pollen viability is essential for success in pollination. Fresh pollen shed from flowering male inflorescences has the highest viability, and it is this which is harvested and stored (Ekaratne and Senathirajah, 1983). Viability tests are carried out prior to processing pollen to ensure the...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Isolation of the female inflorescence.

Care is required in isolating female bunches to prevent damage. The developing inflorescence should be treated with fungicides and insecticides to prevent disease that may result in reduced viability or abortion of the inflorescence. Specialized isolation bags are equipped with a window to inspect...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Pollination.

Pollination is effected through a window in the specialized isolation bag. This reduces the risk of contamination (pollen, disease and insects). Prior to pollination, the area around the isolation bag is sprayed to kill insects, as these can carry unwanted pollen. Pollen is normally mixed and...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Commercial Tenera production.

Contemporary oil palm cultivars have a thick, oil-bearing mesocarp and thin-shelled fruits, that is, a Tenera phenotype, and this is controlled genetically by the shell thickness gene, Sh. The Tenera genotype is heterozygous (Sh/sh) and is produced by crossing a thick-shelled female Dura (Sh/Sh)...

Author(s)
Setiawati, U.; Sitepu, B.; Nur, F.; Forster, B. P.; Dery, S.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786395917)
Type
Book chapter