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Tropical Root and Tuber Crops

R C Mandal (Author)

The pressure on, demand for food by rapid growth of human population, stressed the importance of tropical root and tuber as non-conventional food in the diet, especially of lower income groups in developing countries. These root and tuber crops include: Cassava and sweet potato (root tubers); aroids, yam, coleus (stem tuber), which are considered as staple foods for the tropical and sobtropical regions like Africa, caribbeans, South America, India and South East Asia. The tropical root and tuber crops have, within the past decades, increased on both local and international importance by the research workers, agriculturists, various agriculture colleges and institutions. The book includes various aspects like origin, geographical, Distribution, cytogenetics, important strategy, physiology, biotechnology methods for improvement, microbial systems, agro techniques, water management, diseases, insect-pest, chemical composition, toxic principles, utilization, post harvest deterioration, marketing and trade and selected references for each crop etc. This has been written as a reference book for the agriculturists, research workers and a text book at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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About the author

R C Mandal

Dr. R.C. Mandal after receiving his M. Sc. (Ag) degree in agronomy from Agra University in 1957, Dr. Mandal devoted to teaching for sometime and then to transfer to technology for 5 years. During 1960, he entered into research under Indian Council of Agricultural research and continued in various capacities. In 1969, he received Ph.D. Degree in agronomy from Agra University. He has vast experience on agronomic improvement of various crops. He was deputed by Govt. of India in Fiji from 1973-75 as an expert and guide on Agronomy and gained experience abroad. The author made intensive studies on various herbicides to control weeds in various crops. In research management and research administration also, he worked in administration also, he worked in various capacities as head of Division in Agronomy, as Project Coordinator (Tuber Crops), as Joint director (Research complex) and also as Director-in-charge (Tuber Crops and Cashew). He has research experience for 25 years, extension 3 years and research management 12 years. Dr. Mandal has published over 60 research and technical papers. He is member of Indian Societies of Agronomy, Plantation Crops, Root Vegetables and Weed science.  

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Bibliographic information

Title Tropical Root and Tuber Crops
Author R C Mandal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.04.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177541994
length xiv+360p., Tables; 23cm.