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Handbook of Cucurbits
Growth, Cultural Practices, and Physiology



ISBN 9781482234589
Published February 9, 2016 by CRC Press
574 Pages 30 Color & 96 B/W Illustrations

 
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The Handbook of Cucurbits: Growth, Cultural Practices, and Physiology contains information on cultural practices, nutrition, and physiological processes of cucurbits under both normal and stressful conditions. It presents the history and importance of cucurbit crop production as well as exhaustive information on growth responses of cucurbits to various environmental conditions and nutrients.

Unlike numerous other books and articles on cucurbits that exist in relative isolation of each other, this handbook provides a complete collection of factors on cucurbits. It addresses issues and concerns related to cucurbits growth, physiology, cultural practices, diseases, and production. It has been prepared by many competent and knowledgeable scientists, specialists, and researchers in agriculture and horticulture from several countries. It serves as a resource for both lectures and independent purposes, covering issues related to cucurbits from planting to production.

The book is divided into 11 sections: Introductory Chapters; Cucurbits Physiological Stages of Growth and Development I; Cultural Practices of Cucurbits; Cucurbits Physiological Stages of Growth and Development II; Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Cucurbits; Cucurbits Grafting; Cucurbits Pathology and Diseases; Weed Control, Pest Control, and Insects of Cucurbits; Therapeutic and Medicinal Values of Cucurbits; Growth Responses of Cucurbits under Stressful Conditions (Abiotic and Biotic Stresses); and Examples of Cucurbits Crop Plants Growth and Development and Cultural Practices.

Each of these sections consists of one or more chapters to discuss, independently, as many aspects of cucurbits as possible for that specific topic. Numerous figures and tables are included to facilitate the comprehension of the presented material. Hundreds of index words are also included to further increase accessibility to desired information.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTERS

Cucurbits: History, Nomenclature, Taxonomy, and Reproductive Growth
S. Ramesh Kumar

Cucurbits: Importance, Botany, Uses, Cultivation, Nutrition, Genetic Resources, Diseases, and Pests
David O. Ojo

CUCURBITS PHYSIOLOGICAL STAGES OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT I

Carbohydrate Metabolism of Cucurbits

Minmin Miao and Zhiping Zhang

CULTURAL PRACTICES OF CUCURBITS

Cultivation and Bioprospecting of Perennial Cucurbits
Shrawan Singh and L.K. Bharati

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) Live Mulch Climatic Adaptation Capabilities in African Humid Tropics Cropping System
David O. Ojo

Cultural Practices of Persian Melons
Jamal Javanmardi

No-Tillage Production Systems for Cucurbit Vegetables
Stuart Alan Walters

Botany and Crop Rotation Management of New Specialty Japanese Melon in Humid, Tropical Climate Zones
Hong Li

CUCURBITS PHYSIOLOGICAL STAGES OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT II

Cucurbits Physiological Stages of Growth
Lord Abbey

Flowering and Its Modification in Cucurbits
Meenu Kumari, H.S. Singh, and T.K. Behera

Pollination in Cucurbit Crops
Isac Gabriel Abrahão Bomfim, Breno Magalhães Freitas, Fernando Antonio Souza de Aragão, and Stuart Alan Walters

Sex Expression in Cucurbits: Special Reference to Cucumber and Melon
Puja Rattan and Sanjeev Kumar

GENETICS, GENOMICS, AND BREEDING OF CUCURBITS

Muskmelon Genetics, Breeding, and Cultural Practices
B.R. Choudhary and Sudhakar Pandey

Ash Gourd (Benincasa hispida) Breeding and Cultivation
Sudhakar Pandey and Suhas G. Karkute

CUCURBIT GRAFTING

Cucurbit Grafting: Methods, Physiology, and Responses to Stress
Maryam Haghighi, Atena Sheibanirad, and Mohammad Pessarakli

Effects of Grafting on Nutrient Uptake by Cucurbits Irrigated with Water of Different Qualities
Menahem Edelstein and Meni Ben-Hur

Melon Grafting
Xin Zhao, Wenjing Guan, and Donald J. Huber

CUCURBIT PATHOLOGY AND DISEASES

Important Diseases of Cucurbitaceous Crops and Their Management
Akhilesh Sharma, Viveka Katoch, and Chanchal Rana

WEED CONTROL, PEST CONTROL, AND INSECTS OF CUCURBITS

Important Insect Pests of Cucurbits and Their Management
Akhilesh Sharma, Chanchal Rana, and Kumari Shiwani

Insect Pest Management in Cucurbits: Research Development and Perspective
Ruparao T. Gahukar

Cucurbit Insect and Related Pests
Paul J. McLeod and Tahir Rashid

THERAPEUTIC AND MEDICINAL VALUES OF CUCURBITS

Cucurbits: Assortment and Therapeutic Values
Krishan Pal Singh, Beena Singh, Prem Chand, and Reena Nair

GROWTH RESPONSES OF CUCURBITS UNDER STRESSFUL CONDITIONS (ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC STRESSES)

Soil Salinity: Causes, Effects, and Management in Cucurbits
Akhilesh Sharma, Chanchal Rana, Saurabh Singh, and Viveka Katoch

Physiological and Biochemical Responses of Cucurbits to Drought Stress
Amir Hossein Saeidnejad

Growth Responses of Watermelon to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
Satya S. Narina

EXAMPLES OF CUCURBITS CROP PLANTS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL PRACTICES

Physiological Stages of Growth and Development in Bitter Melon
Satya S. Narina

Snapmelon
Rakesh Kr. Dubey, Vikas Singh, Garima Upadhyay, and Hari Har Ram

Kachri (Cucumis callosus [Rottler] Cogn.)
Rakesh Kr. Dubey, Vikas Singh, Garima Upadhyay, and Hari Har Ram

Squashes and Gourds
Sanjeev Kumar, Puja Rattan, and R.K. Samnotra

Snake Gourd: Taxonomy, Botany, Cultural Practices, Harvesting, Major Diseases, and Pests
A.V.V. Koundinya and M.K. Pandit

Snake Gourd: Nutritional Values, Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits, Cultivable Cultivars, Cultural Practices, Diseases and Pests, and Crop Improvement
Rakesh Kr. Dubey, Vikas Singh, Garima Upadhyay, and A.K. Pandey

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Biography

Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli, PhD, is a well-known, internationally-recognized scientist and scholar. He is a professor in the School of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He received his BS (1977) in environmental resources in agriculture and MS (1978) in soil management and crop production from Arizona State University, Tempe, and earned his PhD (1981) in soil and water science from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Pessarakli is a certified professional agronomist and a certified professional soil scientist (CPAg/SS), as designated by the American Registry of the Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crop Science, and Soil Science.