Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of tropical fruits


Professor Yahia is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico with a research programme in tropical fruits, post-harvest technology and nutrition. A Courtesy Professor at the University of Florida, USA, Professor Yahia has edited or written over 200 publications and has advised organisations such as the FAO, World Bank, USAID and ICARDA.



Publication date:

Q4 2019

Length of book:

520 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762849

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This collection reviews current advances in the breeding and cultivation of key tropical and subtropical fruits.

Chapters summarise key advances across the value chain for citrus fruit cultivation, including citrus genetics, nutrition and other aspects of cultivation, the use of precision agriculture and developments in integrated pest management (IPM). Two case studies on limes and mandarins highlight the range of improvements in cultivation.

The book also summarises recent developments in breeding and cultivation techniques for a range of soft tropical fruits, including banana, kiwifruit, lychee, papaya, pineapple and pomegranate. The final part of the book covers developments in breeding and cultivation techniques for a range of stone and other tropical fruit, including avocado, coconut, guava, jackfruit, mangos and olives.

Key features

  • Highlights key innovations in citrus cultivation, from genetics to precision agriculture and integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Covers advances in breeding and cultivation of a range of soft tropical fruits, including banana, kiwifruit, lychee, papaya, pineapple and pomegranate.
  • Broad coverage of key stone tropical and subtropical fruits, including avocado, coconut, guava, jackfruit, mangoes and olives.

What others are saying...

"With its experienced editor, choice of authors and topics, this promises to be much-needed and useful reference for researchers and growers of tropical fruits"
Prof. Mahmud T.M. Mohamed, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Table of contents

Part 1 Citrus fruits
1.Mapping and exploiting the citrus genome: Patrick Ollitrault, CIRAD, France;
2.Advances in nutrient management in citrus cultivation: Davie Kadyampakeni, Citrus Research Center - University of Florida, USA;
3.Precision agriculture and automation in citrus cultivation: Marcos Ferreira, EMBRAPA, Brazil;
4.Advances in understanding the ecology of citrus insect pests: Robert Jones, Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico;
5.Advances in integrated pest management (IPM) in citrus cultivation: Lukasz Stelinski, Citrus Research Center - University of Florida, USA;
6.Advances in post-harvest handling citrus fruit: John Golding, DPI-NSW, Australia;
7.Advances in breeding and/or cultivation of limes: Mumtaz Khan, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman;
8.Advances in breeding and/or cultivation of mandarins: Luis Navarro, IVIA, Spain;

Part 2 Other tropical fruits: soft fruits
9.Advances in cultivation of bananas and plantains: Charles Staver, Bioversity International, France;
10.Advances in breeding cultivation of lychee: Xuming Huang, South China Agricultural University, China;
11.Advances in breeding of papaya: Sunil Kumar Sharma, ICAR, India;
12.Advances in cultivation of papaya: Parmeshwar Lal Saran, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India;
13.Advances in breeding/cultivation of pomegranate: Ibrahim Kahramanoglu, European University of Lefke, Cyprus;

Part 3 Other tropical fruits: stone and other fruits
14.Advances in avocado propagation for the sustainable supply of planting materials: Alice Hayward, University of Queensland, Australia;
15.Advances in cultivation of avocado: Gary Bender, University of California-Riverside, USA;
16.Advances in breeding of coconut: Lalith Parera, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka;
17.Advances in cultivation of coconut: Mike Foale, University of Queensland, Australia;
18.Advances in breeding of guava: Kalidindi Usha, IARI, India;
19.Advances in cultivation of guava: Asgar Warsi, University of Nottingham, Malaysia;
20.Advances in breeding of jackfruit: Shyamala Reddy, University of Agricultural Science, India;
21.Advances in breeding of mangoes: Sunday Akinyemi, NIHORT, Nigeria;
22.Advances in cultivation of mangoes: Victor Galán Saúco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA), Spain;
23.Advances in breeding/cultivation of olives: Bekir Erol AK, Harran University, Turkey;