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Piperaceae Crops: Production and Utilization; Black Pepper Betelvine and Others

H P Singh (Author) V A Parthasarathy (Author) V. Srinivasan (Author) K V Saji (Author)

Piperaceae is an economically important plant family. Members of this family grow in tropical forests from South Asia to Tropical America, including those of Africa and Australia. Several Piper spp. from India, southeast Asia and Africa are of economic importance since they are used as spices and traditional medicines. Many plant families have a global distribution, but a few have the rich ethnobotanical and ethno pharmaceutical history of Piperaceae. The pepper family Piperaceae in the order Piperales is commercially important because of Piper nigrum L. the source of black and white pepper. Betel leaf is another economically important product obtained from piper betle. The family comprises about 5 genera of which 2-Piper (about 2,000 species) and Peperomia (about 1,600 species)- are the most important. The plants grow as herbs vines shrubs, and trees and are widely distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics. The Piper belte L. P longum L. P. chaba Hunter are the some of the other important members of Piperacea family. The book contains useful information on various aspects of the family starting from taxonomy, botany cultivation to the medicine uses.

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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.

V. Srinivasan

V. Srinivasan is the managing director and chief executive officer of 3i Infotech Ltd, a global technology company with about 2500 employees. He is responsible for the company’s spectacular expansion from its inception to the current levels. A graduate in mathematics from Madras University, Srinivasan joined the ICICI group, the second largest banking group in India, in 1980. He has had varied exposure in areas such as client relationship, project finance, rehabilitation, systems and procedures, and accounts. His expertise in operations, combined with a thorough academic background in finance and a flair for systems, has allowed him to re-engineer several of ICICI group's processes to make them among the most modern and enviable in the industry.

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Title Piperaceae Crops: Production and Utilization; Black Pepper Betelvine and Others
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788185873756
length x+262p., Illustrations; Figures; Tables; 25cm.