This book includes 20 different chapters, where the authors have addressed various aspects of the cultivation, taxonomy, socio-economic importance and breeding and development as applied to neglected and underutilized crops. The first chapter deals with the more general aspects of the cultivation and propagation of these crops, thirteen chapters concentrate on specific neglected crops, nine of which focus on seed propagated crops and the remaining four on vegetative propagated ones, while the last five chapters describe the uses, importance, propagation and improvement of neglected and under-utilized crops from different regions of the world.
Table of Contents
Underutilised Fruits: A Resource for Sustainable Livelihoods; Induced Mutation in Grasspea (Lathyrus sativus L.); The Lathyrus Paradox: A "Poor Men's Diet" or a Remarkable Genetic Resource for Protein Legume Breeding?; Towards Genetic Improvement of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.); Faster Breeding of Bambara Groundnut: Mutational Cum in vitro Approaches; Geographical Distribution of the Andean Lupin (Lupinus mutabilis); Quinoa's World Potential; Characterization of Chenopodium Germplasm, Selection of Putative Mutants and its Cytogenetic Study; Improvement and Rehabilitation of Traditional and Neglected Food Crops Through Mutation Techniques: Development and Evaluation of Mutant Germplasm of Amaranthus tricolor; Improvement of Delected Amaranthus Cultivars by Means of Mutation Induction and Biotechnological Approaches; Cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium (L.) Schott) and Breeding; Improvement of Cocoyam (Xanthosoma Sagittifolium) in Ghana; Solanum aethiopicum L. and S. anguivi Lam. in Uganda: Utilization Aspects; Nigella sativa - A Potential Commodity in Crop Diversification Traditionally Used in Healthcare; Plantago Ovata - A Crop of Arid and Dry Climates with Immense Herbal and Pharmaceutical Importance; Genetic Improvement and Utilization of Major Under-utilised Crops in India; Minor and Underutilised Spices and Herbs; Conservation of Underutilised Species in Malaysia: Resources for the Future; Indigenous Crops with Potential but Undertutilised in South Africa; In vitro Culture for Propagation and Cultivation of Rare and Under-utilized Australian Plants