Biology and Chemistry of Jerusalem Artichoke: Helianthus tuberosus L., 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Biology and Chemistry of Jerusalem Artichoke

Helianthus tuberosus L., 1st Edition

By Stanley J. Kays, Stephen F. Nottingham

CRC Press

496 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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A unique plant on many levels, the distinctive properties of the Jerusalem artichoke, or Helianthus tuberosus L., present novel answers to some of today's most pressing problems. The potential of Jerusalem artichoke as a source for inulin, a fructose polymer that may provide dietary health benefits for obesity, diabetes, and several other health issues and the possible use of the crop for biofuels are drawing tremendous recent interest. With its ready cultivation and minimal pest and disease problems, Jerusalem artichoke is an underutilized resource that possesses the potential to meet major health and energy challenges.

A comprehensive, up-to-date reference, Biology and Chemistry of Jerusalem Artichoke presents the unique biological and chemical properties that distinguish it from other crops. Citing a diverse cross-section of references, it reviews the history, classification, morphology, and anatomy of the plant. It details inulin chemistry addressing properties and structure, extraction, and modification using microbes, enzymes, and a wide range of chemical processes. The book examines the use of Jerusalem artichokes as a biofuel and the role of inulin derived from the crop in combating obesity and diabetes, as well as promoting bone, blood, bowel, and immune health. A comprehensive chapter addresses genetic resources, breeding, breeding methods, hybridization, and the heritability of important traits. The book details developmental biology in terms of maximizing yield and determining resource allocation as well as controlling pests and disease. It concludes with practical information on agronomic methods, storage, the economics of crop production, and future prospects for utilization.

Gathering a wealth of information into a single volume and drawing on the authors' 25 years of research, Biology and Chemistry of Jerusalem Artichoke provides the most comprehensive resource to date on this extremely useful crop.


… a wealth of information of exemplary quality and quantity …. The presentation of its contents alone takes up seven pages. The authors have compiled an in-depth account of a rather unique plant species. … the author's own extensive bibliography of more than 2,000 references … is representative for the level of detail and the wealth of information that can be found throughout the publication. It is also representative of the immense expertise of the two authors who put 25 years of research into this timely review of research. … This publication serves as a valuable single source reference for all aspects of Jerusalem artichoke, and can only be highly recommended.

—Thomas Brendler, Plantaphile, Berlin, Germany, in Economic Botany, 2009, 63(4)

…The authors consider [the Jerusalem artichoke] to be an underexploited resource and have cited a ‘diverse and representative cross section of publications’ to provide access to the relevant literature and patents. Indeed, there is a list of patents on Jerusalem artichoke relating to medical and veterinary, food, drink and nutraceuticals, animal feed, non-food industrial applications as well as to genetic manipulation and biotechnology, cultivation, and plant breeding. …The key chapter is on genetics and plant breeding, as utilization will be dependent on such advances… the book represents a very useful account of the state of the knowledge of the Jerusalem artichoke.

—Richard Wilkins in Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 44, 2008

…a very useful source of up-to-date information for both, experimental botanists, biochemists and physiologists, as well as for specialists, who are interested in the breeding, cultivation and many-sided utilization of this crop.

Biologia Plantarium

If we look to Earth plant resources, we can find that nature’s storehouse is truly huge. …Some of these ‘‘alternative crops’’ are the wild plants, but some of them, like Jerusalem artichoke, are old species cultivated in ancient time. …summarizes our knowledge about nomenclature, origin, and history of Helianthus tuberosus. …a very interesting overview on physiological processes determining photosynthetic productivity of Jerusalem artichoke plants. …provides a detailed description of the latest research on this ‘old-new alternative’ crop, is well and systematically organized, reader-friendly with many clear tables, graphs, draws and some photos and is carefully edited. Each chapter is supplemented with rich bibliography, but at the end of book a list of issued patents that refer to Jerusalem artichoke and a subject and Latin binomials indexes are included. I would highly recommend this publication to all who are interested in alternative crops, for agriculture educators and students as well as for farmers because this book covers the subject comprehensive on scientific and practical point of view.

—D. Choluj, in Acta Physiol Plant, 2008

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Underutilized Resource

Nomenclature, Origin and History

Nomenclature for Helianthus tuberosus L.



Classification, Identification, Distribution




Plant Morphology and Anatomy

Aboveground Plant Parts

Belowground Plant Parts

Morphological Differences between Cultivars and Clones

Chemical Composition and Inulin Chemistry

Tuber Composition

Occurrence of Inulin in Plants

Composition, Structure and Properties of Inulin and Inulin Oligomers

Analysis of Inulin Composition

Inulin Extraction, Isolation, Purification, Fractionation, Drying and Storage

Sources of Inulin

Uses for Native and Fractionated Inulin

Microbial and Enzymatic Modification of Inulin

Chemical Modification of Inulin

Value in Human and Animal Diets

In Human Diets

In Animal Diets

Biomass and Biofuel


Direct Combustion

Biological Conversion

Genetic Resources, Breeding, and Cultivars

Breeding Programs


Interspecific Hybrids

Controlled Crosses

Traditional Breeding

Breeding Techniques

Flowering Time Manipulation


Selection Criteria

Selection Sequence

Heritability of Important Traits

Transgenic Plants

Genetic Resources

Cultivars and Clones




Tissue culture




Developmental Biology, Resource Allocation, and Yield

Developmental Stages



Assimilate Allocation Strategy

Carbon Transport

Sink Strength in Relation to Allocation

Assimilate Allocation and Redistribution

Fructan Metabolism

Additional Metabolic Pathways

Molecular Genetics


Growth Analysis and Modeling

Environmental Factors Affecting Yield

Production Factors Affecting Yield

Pollinators, Pests and Diseases

Insect Pollinators

Insect Pests

Molluscs, Nematodes and Other Pests

Fungal, Bacterial and Viral Diseases

Agronomic Practices

Planting Date


Weed Control



Harvesting and Handling


Storage Options

Storage Conditions

Storage Losses

Alterations in Composition during Storage

Controlled Atmosphere Storage



Crop Production and Storage

Biofuel Production


Future Prospects for Utilizing Jerusalem Artichoke



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General