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Zingiberaceae Crops: Present and Future; Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric and Others

H P Singh (Author) V A Parthasarathy (Author) K. Kandiannan (Author) K S Krishnamurthy (Author)

Zingiberaceae or ginger family is the largest family of the order Zingiberales containing about 53 genera and more than 1, 300 species consisting of aromatic perennial herbs. Commercial Zingiberaceous spices traded are ginger, turmeric, cardamom and large cardamom. Ornamental ginger is a diverse group of plants that are gaining importance in the floriculture trade as cut flowers, flowering pot plants and landscape plants. Herbs of the Zingiberaceae family have been used in the tradition of Ayurveda from a very early period in its evolutionary history. Cardamom, ginger, turmeric and greater galangal or blue ginger figure prominently amongst several other crops mentioned in the classical text books of Ayurveda. The monograph covers all aspects of Zingiberaceae in sixteen chapters.

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About the authors

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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V A Parthasarathy

Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Ph.D. a renowned and well-known horticulturalist cum biotechnologist of repute is the Director of Indian institute of Spices research (ICAR), calicut from 2002. He is a recipient of ICAR Team Award in Horticulture (as leader) during 2002 and is widely traveled. He has more than 30 years of research experience in Horticulture / plantation crops like citrus, vegetables, gerbera, gladiolus, coconut and spices. An expert in bio-technology and breeding of horticulture crops, he has published over 170 research articles in refereed journals, edited 15 books and contributed about 40 chapters and invited reviews. He also guided many Ph.D. students. He is member of many committees.

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Title Zingiberaceae Crops: Present and Future; Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric and Others
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788185873787
length x+504p., Illustrations; Maps; Figures; Tables; 25cm.