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Underutilized and Underexploited Horticultural Crops (Volume 1)

K V Peter (Editor)

Underutilized and underexploited Horticultural crops form an integral part of healthfood, greenparks, neutraceutical industry, home decorations, renewable sources of green energy and above all foodreserves during calamities.  Leaf vegetables like agathi, chekkurmanis, waterleaf, drumstick leaf, basella and colacasia leaf are rich in fibre, minerals and chow-chow are rich in iron and amino acids.  Fruits like karonda, aonla and cherries are highly nutritious and are suited to less moisture soils.  Noni is a fruits for health.  Noni juice is recommended against diabetes, obesity and sleeplessness.  Among spices, longpeper, mint, celery, fenugreek and garcenia possess medicinal properties.  There are a large number of underexploited medicinal plants like tulsi and peppermint with considerable economic value.  Tuber crops like lesser yam, larger yam, yam bean and winged bean have high energy value.  Underutilized crops in Tripura, Orissa and Kerala are specially mentioned.  There is need to broaden the food basket with lesser known crops.  There is a shift from Health Care to Wellness Industry.  Prevention is always better than cure.  The present volume deals with underexploited and underutilized horticultural crops in its totality.  The contributors of each chapter are working scientists in the specific crop.

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About the author

K V Peter

Prof. K.V. Peter , Ph.D, is Former VC of KAU in Trichur, India and Coordinator of the Department of Biotechnology (GOI) funded projects on plantation crops and spices. Prof. Peter is a horticulturist, a plant breeder and an acknowledged research manager. He is the former Director for the Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut (ICAR) and former Professor and Director of Research, KAU. Professor Peter is the editor of seven books and author or co-author of thirteen books/bulletins and 132 research papers. The ICAR conferred on Prof. Peter the Rafi Ahamed Kidwai Prize, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences awarded the Recognition Award 1999 for contributions to crop improvement, and the University of Agricultural Sciences conferred the M.H. Marygowda Award for being the Best Horticultural Scientist. Prof. Peter is the Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Title Underutilized and Underexploited Horticultural Crops (Volume 1)
Author K V Peter
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818942260X
length xiii+378p.