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Handbook of Cucurbits

Growth, Cultural Practices, and Physiology, 1st Edition

Edited by Mohammad Pessarakli

CRC Press

574 pages | 30 Color Illus. | 96 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI011000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TEC003000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General