Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit and, according to the FAO, the fourth most important crop in the developing world after rice, wheat and maize. This volume discusses ways of improving cultivation techniques to make production more sustainable.
Part 1 reviews current yields, production trends and constraints. Part 2 surveys ways of improving cultivation practice whilst Part 3 discusses harvest and post-harvest operations. The final part of the book assesses ways of measuring and improving the environmental impact of banana cultivation.
Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of achieving more sustainable cultivation of banana at each step in the value chain, from propagation to post-harvest operations. This comprehensive collection will be a standard reference for the banana research community as well as banana producers.
- Assesses current yields in different regions and constraints in improving productivity
- Discusses all the key stages in cultivation needed to make banana production more efficient
- Reviews ways of assessing and improving the sustainability of banana cultivation
What others are saying...
"This book provides an excellent and complete overview of banana production in the world. Considering the rapid evolution of banana production in the last couple of decades, it provides a timely update of current information. The contributing authors are among the best experts in banana research worldwide, making this book the future reference volume for this important crop."
Dr Emile Frison, Former Director General of Bioversity International
Table of contents
Part 1 Banana production and yields
1.The origins, domestication and spread of banana cultivation: Hugo Volkaert, Kasetsart University, Thailand;
2.The global importance of Musa production: Stephan Weise, Bioversity International, France;
3.Alternative uses of bananas in their centre of origin: Jean Kennedy, Australian National University , Australia;
4.The international banana trade: an overview: Dan Koeppel, Columnist, USA;
5.Banana cultivation in Asia: Lothar Truggelmann, Unifrutti, Philiippines;
6.Banana cultivation in Latin America: Miguel Dita, Coordinator – MUSALAC/EMBRAPA, Brazil;
7.Banana cultivation in Africa: Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, NARO, Uganda;
8.Constraints facing smallholders in improving banana cultivation: Guy Blomme, Bioversity International, Uganda;
Part 2 Cultivation practice
9.Banana plant physiology: David Turner, University of Western Australia, Australia;
10.Banana plant propagation methods: Sharon Hamill, DAF-Queensland, Australia;
11.Variety selection and quality management of banana planting stock: Mike Smith, DPI-Queensland, Australia;
12.Good agricultural practice (GAP)/ integrated crop management (ICM) in banana cultivation: an overview: Charles Staver, Bioversity International, France;
13.Challenges in cultivation of bananas in the subtropics: Victor Galan Sauco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias - Tenerife, Spain;
14.Nutrition and soil management in banana cultivation: Jetse Stoorvogel, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
15.Harvesting and packaging of bananas: Juan José Aycart, Dole, Ecuador;
Part 3 Harvest and post-harvest operations
16.Evolution of banana transport systems: Edward Blanco, Research Director – MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, USA;
17.Ripening systems for bananas: Fritz Popma, Popma Fruit Expertise, The Netherlands;
18.Life cycle analysis of banana cultivation: Louis Bockel, ESA Division – FAO, Italy;
Part 4 Sustainability
19.Improving sustainability in banana cultivation: Sietze Vellema, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
20.Organic banana cultivation and sustainability: Frans Wielemaker, Formerly Dole Fresh Fruit International, Ecuador;