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Price : $79.75
ISBN # : 9788170357766
Author : K.V. Peter
pages: 343
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Daya Publishing House
Published : 2012

Nutri-Horticulture contributed by 31 scientists and teachers from India, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia embodies a mix of 17 chapters, first on improving nutrition security and then followed up by chapters on inputs especially crops, water, biotic stresses now assuming catastrophy like nematodes. The great Tamil Saint Thiruvalluvar in his classic Thirukkural mentions and to quote "Rain produces food for all beings in the world and rain itself serves as food indeed". The present book has two chapters on water-Water requirements of Horticultural Crops and Rainwater Harvesting Methods. Swami Vivekananda in his call to the Nation and to quote "Let New India arise-out of the peasants cottage, grasping the plough out of the huts of the fisher man, the cobbler and the sweeper. Let her spring from the grocer s shop, from beside the oven of the fritter-seller. Let her emanate from the factory, from marts and from markets. Let her emerge from groves and forests, from hills and mountains . Saint Thiruvalluvar further says" Farmers are the linchpin of the whole world as they feed even those not in the field". In this context the chapter on Marketing management would lead readers to realize importance of scientific marketing strategies in the new era of globalization resulting openness of trade. So far Indian Horticulture emphasized on production and productivity but the free trade and openness of Indian market, the second largest in the world, has changed the priority to marketing. Postharvest losses in fruits and vegetables are 25-40 per cent and any attempt to bring down to 15 per cent will be much appreciated. The chapter-14-Factors Affecting Shelf Life of Fruits-discusses measures to prolong shelf life of fruits. Studies on endophytic microorganisms to be coduit to plant nutrition and plant resistance to soil borne fungi, bacteria and viruses are getting attention. Chapter 2 deals with the endophytic micro-organisms in Agriculture and Horticulture. Organic Horticulture is challenged by meager measures of pest and disease control. The chapter 4 is focused on Biointensive Integrated Pest Management in Horticultural Crops. Historical perspectives on coconut breeding and Nematological Research are given as separate chapters for the benefit of students and to protect and focus the contributions, India has made over centuries. Janice Albert from FAO leads the book by her chapter on Improving Nutritional Security and Health for All: The Important Role of Horticulture. The Editor is a corresponding member of the Food and Nutrition Community of FAO.

Author Bio: Prof. K.V. Peter, Director, World Noni Research Foundation, Chennai is the Former Vice-Chancellor Kerala Agricultural University; Director Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut and Professor of Horticulture from 1979. He is an acknowledged teacher and science manager. A post graduate from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar (1969-1975), he is associated with development of biotic stress resistant varieties in Chilli (Pant-C1, Pant-C2), tomato (Sakthi) and brinjal (Surya) which are grown through out the country. He is recipient of several recognitions like Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award; Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Award; HIS-Shivasakthi Award for Life Time Contribution to vegetable research; Recognition award and Dr. K. Ramiah Memorial Award of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi; PNASF Gold Medal and Gold medal from Indian Society of Vegetable Science, Varanasi. He is a Fellow of NAAS, NASI and NABS. NBT, New Delhi published his authored book "Plantation crops" in three languages-English, Hindi and Malayalam. Woodhead Publishing Company UK and CRC USA published the three volume series titled "Handbook of Herbs and Spices". ICAR New Delhi published the book "Genetics and Breeding of Vegetable Crops" now revised. NIPA, New Delhi published 12 volume series on "Horticultural Science Series"; five volume series on "Underutilized and Underexploited Horticultural Crops" and two volumes of "Science of Horticulture". Daya Publishing House published three volumes on "Biodiversity of Horticultural Crops". He co-edited the book "Handbook of Industrial Crops" with Prof. V.L. Chopra and published by Haworth Press, USA. The monograph on "Jackfruit" co-edited by him and published by Studium Press, LLC is informative and widely read. He edited the much referred monograph on Noni (Morinda citrifolia L.) authored by Prof. P.I. Peter, The Divine Servant of the People and Chairman, NoniBiotech, Chennai. His immediate family consists of Vimala; two sons Anvar and Ajay and daughter-in-law Cynara. He comes from the famous tourist village Kumbalanghy, Cochin, Kerala.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 30 May, 2012.

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