Cotton is one of the most important fiber and cash crops throughout the world, and it plays a dominant role in the industrial and agricultural economies of many countries. Here is a rich resource of information on the cultivation and production of cotton. This volume provides an overview of the origin and evolution of cotton and its physiological basis and characterization, and goes on to discuss methods of cultivation, biotic stresses, and harvesting and postharvest technology. The volume addresses new advances in research for best cultivation methods, effective utilization of resources, and operations for achieving higher yields, thus achieving higher productivity. The authors take an interdisciplinary approach, providing valuable information necessary to increase cotton productivity to meet the world’s growing demands.
1. Background and Importance 2. World Cotton Production and Factors Affecting Production 3. Origin, Evolution, and Domestication 4. Cotton Ideotype 5. Cotton Botany and Characterization 6. Physiological Basis of Cotton Growth and Productivity 7. Research Advances in Abiotic Stress Resistance in Cotton 8. Cotton Biotic Stress 9. Methods of Cultivation 10. Harvest and Postharvest Technology and Factors Affecting Fiber Quality 11. Research Advances in Breeding and Biotechnology