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A Tentative Key for Identification and Classification of Indian Bananas

S. Sathiamoorthy (Author) S. Uma (Author) H.P. Singh (Author)
Synopsis India is well known for its vast genetic diversity of bananas and plantains comprising seeded wild species to seedless cultivars of various ploidy levels. This is in support of the fact that the origin of Musa is South and South-East Asia including Indo-Burma region. From the centre of origin it has spread to almost in all tropical countries 40 North and South of the equatorial line. Remarkable diversity of bananas and plantains within India and other parts of the globe has caused a lot of confusion among the taxonomists and growers due to many synonyms. For instance the famous commercial cultivar 'Poovan' has more than 27 synonyms in India alone. Banana being a natural hybrid of two putative parents Musa acuminata and M. balbisiana, the taxonomy of banana has become more difficult. From the time Linnaeaus described Musa spp. in the 16 century to till date there is no satisfactory classification of Musa. As on now, the Musa researchers are following the genome classification of Simmonds and Shephard (1955). This system has also its own weaknesses. Realising the need to overcome confusion existing due names and synonyms in banana, we have tried fine tuning the classification and description of Musa spp. and developed new key for classification of bananas and plantains. While studying the banana accessions of NRCB genebank of Indian origin, some exotic accessions, from INIBAP have also been described and classified. Hope this effort would be of immense use to the researchers especially the breeders and students.
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About the author

H.P. Singh

Born on 2nd July, 1950, Dr. H.P. Singh has served horticulture in various capacities namely Project Coordinator (fruits); Director, NCR for Banana; Horticulture Commissioner, Govt. of India; Chairman, Coconut Development Board; Dean (Agriculture), GBPUA & T, Pantnagar; Vice Chancellor, Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa and now Deputy Director General (Horticullture), ICAR.
He has also served international organizations like the Chairman of APCC, Jakarta, National Director for internationally-aided projects and Chairperson of Steering Committee of BAPNET of Bioversity International and implemented various international programmes.  Besides, excellent academic record, Dr. Singh has contributed to research and agricultural education which ha earned him three international, twenty one national awards and five fellowships including the Fellow of NAAS.  He has developed many cultivars and technologies which has shaped the horticulture.  Recognising his immense contribution, OUAT, Bhubaneshwar, has conferred D.Sc. last year.
Dr. Singh is the architect of Mission mode approach for horticultural development, starting from planning to execution which ahs been due to his insight.  He has provided to horticulture and is credited to have authored and edited 39 books and 30 bulletins, besides 175 research papers.  He has widely traveled in India and abroad. His efforts have provided a strong foundation for horticulture development, leading to Golden Revolution in the country.

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Title A Tentative Key for Identification and Classification of Indian Bananas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length ii+61p., Figures; Tables; Plates; 26cm.