Tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachio have long been grown for consumption and as a food ingredient. It is estimated that 4 million metric tons of tree nuts are produced each year in over 40 countries. Demand is rising, in part because of research on the nutraceutical benefits of tree nuts. At the same time, these crops face particular challenges such as safety in the face of allergens and mycotoxin contamination. There is a need to increase production but in a more sustainable way in the face of climate change.
This collection reviews the wealth of research addressing these challenges. Part 1 discusses the growing number of studies on the health benefits of tree nuts. Part 2 addresses safety issues. The remaining two parts assess advances in genetics and breeding of tree nuts, as well as advances in cultivation and the management of pests and diseases of tree nuts.
With its distinguished editors and international team of expert authors, this collection will be a standard reference for horticultural scientists and those working in forestry and agroforestry science, as well as government and other research centres involved in supporting cultivation of tree nuts.
- Reviews current research on the nutraceutical properties as well as allergen and other safety issues relating to tree nuts
- Assesses advances in breeding, cultivation, integrated disease and pest management to improve yields and sustainability
- Summaries key research on the main tree nuts, from walnuts and almonds to hazelnuts, chestnuts and pistachios
What others are saying...
"The contributions from the international experts authoring this reference represent much of our knowledge on the subject. Similarly, the editors have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in condensing and cross-referencing such diverse information. Thus, I believe this volume will become an important reference not just for tree crops but other horticultural and forestry crops as well."
Professor Tom Gradziel, University of California-Davis, USA
Table of contents
Part 1 Health and safety issues relating to tree nuts
1.Advances in understanding health benefits of walnuts: Turan Karadeniz, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey;
2.Advances in understanding health benefits of hazelnuts: Loretta Bacchetta, ENEA Casaccia Research Center, Italy;
3.Advances in understanding health benefits of chestnuts: Eduardo A S Rosa, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes, Portugal;
4.Advances in understanding health benefits of pistachio: Pablo Hernández-Alonso, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain;
5.Advances in understanding allergens in nuts: Susanne Teuber, University of California Davis, USA;
6.Advances in detecting/Identifying nut allergens: Stef Koppelman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA;
7.Understanding mycotoxin contamination of nuts: Catherine Brabet, CIRAD, France;
8.Advances in detecting mycotoxins in nuts: Dennis Fulbright, Michigan State University, USA;
Part 2 Advances in breeding
9.Advances in breeding of walnuts: David Neale, University of California Davis, USA;
10.Advances in breeding of almonds: Henri Duval, INRA, France;
11.Advances in breeding of chestnuts: Cécile Robin, INRA, France;
12.Advances in breeding of pistachio: Salih Kafkas, Cukurova University, Turkey;
Part 3 Advances in cultivation, pest and disease management
13.Advances in cultivation of walnuts: David McNeil, University of Tasmania, Australia;
14.Advances in cultivation of almonds: Ettore Barone, University of Palermo, Italy;
15.Developing hazelnuts as a crop: Valerio Cristofori, University of Tuscia, Italy;
16.Advances in cultivation of chestnuts: Ümit Serdar, Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey;
17.Advances in cultivation of pistachio: Bekir Erol AK, Harran University, Turkey;
18.Integrated pest management (IPM) in tree nut cultivation: Ted Cottrell, ARS-USDA, USA;
19.Integrated disease management in tree nut cultivation: Andrea Vannini, University of Tuscia, Italy;
20.Assessing the environmental impact of tree nut cultivation: G. Bartzas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece;
21.Tree nut cultivation, biodiversity and conservation: Gabriele Beccaro, University of Turin, Italy;