1st Edition

Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management

By Jai Gopal, S.M. Khurana Copyright 2006
    636 Pages
    by CRC Press

    636 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The basics through practical application—all in one book!

    Potatoes are a crucial food crop around the world, grown in nearly 150 countries. The Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management compiles everything you need to know about potato crop production in one well-organized reference. Leading international authorities clearly discuss the biology, genetics, breeding, diseases, and effective approaches for improvement of crop and handling after harvest. This one-of-a-kind text explores, from interdisciplinary perspectives, every aspect of potato crop management from seed germination to end use while presenting the most current research available.

    The Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management reviews both wild and cultivated potatoes, examining the crop’s origins, history, and habitat. Cultivation techniques are discussed in detail, with emphasis on breeding, biotechnological, and agronomic methods that can improve yield and help ensure the health of the vegetable. Qualitative and quantitative genetic traits are comprehensively explained, and integrated management of pests, diseases, weed, and water are extensively considered. Various abiotic stresses are examined, including heat, drought, salinity, frost, and others. Potato crop’s most devastating disease, late blight, is explored in detail. Different types of after-harvest storage are analyzed with an eye toward maintaining optimum freshness year-round, and a useful description of biochemical changes effected during storage is included. Processing and detailed information on food value are also reviewed. In addition, a final chapter explores true potato seed (TPS) options. The book includes detailed references and helpful tables, graphs, and figures to enhance understanding of material.

    Topics in the Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management include:

    • history
    • structure
    • biosystematics
    • genetics
    • breeding
    • biotechnology for improvement
    • approaches to improve quality
    • ecophysiology and agronomic management
    • comprehensive information on diseases and viruses
    • insects
    • abiotic stresses and their management
    • storage issues
    • processing
    • and much more!

    The Handbook of Potato Production, Improvement, and Postharvest Management makes an invaluable desktop reference for educators, postgraduate students, researchers, and any potato industry professional. The text is also perfect for university reference libraries.

    • About the Editors
    • Contributors
    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Structure, Biosystematics, and Genetic Resources (David M. Spooner and Alberto Salas)
    • Structure
    • Origin, Spread, and Habitat
    • Genus Solanum
    • Relationships within Solanum Section Petota
    • Taxonomy of Section Petota
    • Taxonomy of Cultivated Potato
    • Collection, Conservation, and Use of Germplasm
    • Chapter 2. Genetics of Agrihorticultural Traits (John E. Bradshaw)
    • Genetical Methods
    • Flowering
    • Tuber Yield and Its Components
    • Maturity
    • Dormancy
    • Tuber Shape and Eye Depth
    • Pigmentation
    • Chapter 3. Considerations for Successful Breeding (Jai Gopal)
    • Reproductive Biology
    • Selection of Superior Parents and Crosses
    • Selection of Superior Clones from the Progeny
    • Other Options
    • Chapter 4. Biotechnology in Potato Improvement (Gerhard Wenzel)
    • Biotechnology for Conservation and Characterization of Germplasm
    • Breeding New Cultivars Using Biotechnology
    • Chapter 5. Quality Improvement (T. R. Tarn, G. C. C. Tai, and Qiang Liu)
    • Breeding Objectives for Quality Improvement
    • Genetic Improvement of Quality Traits
    • Chapter 6. Ecophysiology and Agronomic Management (P. M. Govindakrishnan and A. J. Haverkort)
    • Growth Phases
    • Modeling
    • Agroecological Zoning
    • Potato Growing Environments and the Role of Agrotechniques
    • Multiple Cropping
    • Chapter 7. Abiotic Stresses (Kazuto Iwama and Junichi Yamaguchi)
    • Physiobiochemical Basis of Tuber Formation and Bulking
    • Drought Stress
    • Heat Stress
    • Other Abiotic Stresses
    • Chapter 8. Late Blight (G. A. Forbes and J. A. Landeo)
    • Causal Agent
    • Disease Symptoms
    • Epidemiology and Disease Cycle
    • Disease Management
    • Chapter 9. Fungal and Oomycete Diseases (H. W. (Bud) Platt and R. D. Peters)
    • Foliar Diseases
    • Soilborne Diseases
    • Chapter 10. Bacterial Diseases (R. Lebecka, E. Zimnoch-Guzowska, and E. Lojkowska)
    • Bacterial Wilt (Brown Rot)
    • Ring Rot
    • Soft Rot and Blackleg
    • Common Scab
    • Pink Eye
    • Leaf Spot
    • Chapter 11. Viruses and Viroids (Colin Jeffries, H. Barker, and S. M. Paul Khurana)
    • Viruses (and Viroids) and Their Transmission
    • Symptoms and Detection
    • Management
    • Chapter 12. Insects, Nematodes, and IPM (Hanafi Abdelhaq)
    • Major Insect Pests
    • Major Nematode Pests
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Chapter 13. Storage (Klaus Gottschalk and R. Ezekiel)
    • Physiological Age and Dormancy
    • Condition of Potatoes Before Storage
    • Storage Conditions
    • Storage Process
    • Sprout Inhibition
    • Biochemical Changes During Storage
    • Chapter 14. Processing and Value Addition (Xiu-Qing Li, Martin G. Scanlon, Qiang Liu, and Warren K. Coleman)
    • Food Value of Potatoes
    • Factors Important to the Production of Potatoes for Processing
    • Processing Potato into French Fries and Chips
    • Potato Starch
    • Potato Peels, Culls, and Wastewater
    • Molecular Farming of Value-Added Proteins in Potato
    • Chapter 15. True Potato Seed (Jai Gopal and R. Ortiz)
    • Use of TPS
    • Production of TPS
    • TPS Quality
    • TPS Dormancy
    • Breeding TPS Populations
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Jai Gopal, PhD, is Principal Scientist in the Division of Crop Improvement at the Central Potato Research Institute in Shimla, India. His research experience includes nearly three decades in potato genetics, breeding, and biotechnology. He has studied genetics and floral biology of the potato, has bred a number of potato varieties and parental lines, and has developed selection procedures combining in vitro and in vivo approaches. His work has appeared in Theoretical & Applied Genetics, Plant Breeding, Plant Cell Reports, Euphytica, and Potato Research.

    S.M. Paul Khurana, PhD, is Vice-Chancellor at Rani Durgawati University in Jabal pur, India. He was National Coordinator of Potato for ten years and Director of the Central Potato Research Institute for three years. His research experience includes over three decades of work on plant viruses and viroids, and he is an expert in virus detection techniques. He standardized use of ELISA and ISEM for detection of potato viruses and developed simple techniques for screening resistance to potato viruses. His published works have appeared in various international journals. Dr. Khurana has also edited several books, conference proceedings, and journals.