Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of mangoes


Dr Víctor Galán Saúco is Research Professor (Emeritus) at the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA), Spain where he was Head of Research from 1980 to 2006. Prof. Galán Saúco is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on mangoes.
Dr Ping Lu is a Fellow in the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is the current Chair of the Mango Working Group of the ISHS and a Principal Plant Ecologist at ERA (Energy Resources of Australia).



Publication date:

19 January 2018

Length of book:

420 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761323



Mangoes are one of the most important and widely-cultivated fruits in tropical as well as sub-tropical regions. There have been a number of recent developments with the potential to improve crop yields and quality. There has been new research in understanding the physiology of tree and fruit development with implications for both breeding and cultivation. Analysis of the mango genome promises new, faster breeding techniques to develop improved cultivars. These and other advances are helping to tackle diseases and pests which still cause significant losses.

Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of mango as a food crop at each step in the value chain, from breeding through to post-harvest storage. Part 1 discusses advances in understanding tree growth, flowering, pollination and fruit development as well as developments in marker-assisted breeding. Part 2 reviews improvements in cultivation practice, including organic and greenhouse cultivation. Part 3 covers post-harvest management and quality, whilst the final part of the book assesses disease and pest management.

As the need for more interdisciplinary and collaborative research increases, this collection will be a standard reference for the mango research community by summarising key research trends in each topic and putting them in the context of mango cultivation as a whole.

Key features

  • Comprehensive review of each step in the value chain for mango cultivation, from breeding new varieties to post-harvest storage 
  • Coverage of advances in mango genetics and understanding genetic diversity 
  • Strong focus on understanding and preventing post-harvest losses

What others are saying...

This comprehensive list of chapters, contributed by world experts and edited by distinguished editors, promises to satisfy an important need and be highly appreciated by “mango lovers” worldwide.” Emeritus Professor Uri Lavi, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – Volcani Center, Israel

Table of contents

Part 1 Genetic improvement and plant physiology
1.Exploiting the mango genome: molecular markers: V. Pérez and J. I. Hormaza , Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea La Mayora (IHSM La Mayora – CSIC – UMA), Spain;
2.The genetic diversity of mangoes: Noris Ledesma, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Florida, USA;
3.Advances in understanding mango tree growth and canopy development: Frédéric Normand, UR HortSys, France; Pierre-Éric Lauri, INRA, France;
4.Advances in understanding flowering, pollination and fruit development in mangoes: Maria Hilda Pérez-Barraza and Jorge Alberto Osuna-Gracia, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales Agrícolas y Pecuarias, Mexico;

Part 2 Cultivation techniques
5.Mango cultivation practices in the tropics: good agricultural practices to maximise sustainable yields: Sisir Mitra, International Society for Horticultural Science, India and A. Bhagwan, Fruit Research Station, Sangareddy, India;
6.Mango cultivation practices for the subtropics: Victor Galán Saúco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, Spain;
7.Mango cultivation in greenhouses: John Y. Yonemoto, Japan Tropical Fruit Association, Japan;
8.Managing an ultra high-density mango orchard and small-tree growing systems: Steven A. Oosthuyse, HortResearch SA, South Africa;
9.Organic mango production: a review: Víctor Manuel Medina-Urrutia and Jaime Eduardo Reyes-Hernández, CUCBA-Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico; Marciano Manuel Robles-González, INIFAP-Campo Experimental Tecomán, Mexico; and Gil Virgen-Calleros and Enrique Pimienta-Barrios, CUCBA-Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico;
10.Improving fertilizer and water use efficiency in mango cultivation: A. G. Levin, AgroWebLab Ltd., Israel;

Part 3 Post-harvest management
11.Monitoring fruit quality and quantity in mangoes: Kerry Walsh, Central Queensland University, Australia;
12.Understanding post-harvest deterioration of mangoes: Apiradee Uthairatanakij and Pongphen Jitareerat, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand; Robert E. Paull, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA;
13.Post-harvest storage management of mango fruit: Noam Alkan , Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center, Israel and Anirudh Kumar, ARO, Israel and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), India;
14.The nutritional and nutraceutical/functional properties of mangoes: Laurent Urban, University of Avignon, France; Mônica Maria de Almeida Lopes and Maria Raquel Alcântara de Miranda, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil;
15.Life cycle assessment (LCA) of mango systems: Claudine Basset-Mens; Sandra Payen; Henri Vannière; Angela Braun; Yannick Bard, CIRAD, France;

Part 4 Diseases and pests
16.Integrated disease management in mango cultivation: Randy Ploetz, University of Florida, USA;
17.Integrated pest management/biological pest control strategies in mango cultivation: Stefano De Faveri, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Australia