1st Edition

The Chestnut Handbook Crop & Forest Management

    380 Pages 202 Color & 80 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    378 Pages 202 Color & 80 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    378 Pages 202 Color & 80 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    From Mediterranean Europe to Chile and from China to Australia, chestnut cultivation surface has greatly increased globally over the last several decades. The crop provides solid revenue to growers, is resilient to climate change and the fruits are a calorie-dense, carbohydrate-rich nut, the production of which improves soil and sequesters carbon. However, there is a great lack and a great need for technical information on management of old and new chestnut plantations.

    The Chestnut Handbook shares achievements in chestnut development and cultivation including information on sustainable planning and management of chestnut production from nursery to plantation, entomology, pathology, and ecosystem services. Cultivation techniques of Chinese, Japanese, and European chestnut species including hybrids are described containing information on over 550 local and commercial cultivars. Beautiful original handmade drawings and technical sheets facilitate accessibility and comprehension of information.


    • Offers practical, easy-to-follow, technical solutions for chestnut farming and forestry, provides ideas for present and future plantations and management

    • Contains more than 300 figures published in full color featuring original handmade drawings

    • Provides information about cultural practices, nursery techniques and ecosystem services

    • Includes a reference list of over 550 local and commercial cultivars of Chinese, Japanese, and European chestnut species and their hybrids

    • Presents important information on both major and minor pests and diseases as well as pest diseases and physiological disorders.

    With the collaboration of more than 30 researchers from internationally renowned institutes, professionals and nurserymen this book serves as a technical reference and valuable resource for agronomists, forest experts, farmers, researchers and students of agricultural and forestry sciences.




    Chapter 1 History: Growing and Using the Chestnut in the World from Past to PresentGiancarlo Bounous and Gabriele Beccaro

    Chapter 2 Botany, Anatomy, and Nut Composition

    Gabriele Beccaro, Giancarlo Bounous, Marta De Biaggi, Dario Donno, Daniela Torello Marinoni, Feng Zou, and Maria Gabriella Mellano

    Chapter 3 Distribution, Marketing, and Trade

    Marta De Biaggi, Gabriele Beccaro, Jane Casey, Pedro Halçartegaray Riqué, Marco Conedera, José Gomes-Laranjo, Dennis W. Fulbright, Sogo Nishio, Ümit Serdar, Feng Zou, and Elvio Bellini

    Chapter 4 Cultivars List and Breeding

    Isidoro Riondato, Burak Akyüz, Gabriele Beccaro, Jane Casey, Marco Conedera, Jean Coulié, Stephanos Diamandis, José Gomes-Laranjo, Sogo Nishio, Ana Ramos-Cabrer, Ümit Serdar, Feng Zou, Michele Warmund, Daniela Torello Marinoni, Santiago Pereira-Lorenzo, Rita Lourenço Costa, and Roberto Botta

    Chapter 5 Nursery Techniques

    Gabriele Beccaro, Giancarlo Bounous, Beatriz Cuenca, Michele Bounous, Michele Warmund, Huan Xiong, Li Zhang, Feng Zou, Ümit Serdar, Burak Akyüz, Maria Gabriella Mellano, and Rita Lourenço Costa

    Chapter 6 Orchard Management

    Gabriele Beccaro, Giancarlo Bounous, José Gomes-Laranjo, Michele Warmund, and Jane Casey

    Chapter 7 Chestnut Farming with Chinese, Japanese, and Eurojapanese Hybrid Cultivars

    Feng Zou, Sogo Nishio, Michele Warmund, Gabriele Beccaro, Giancarlo Bounous, and Michele Bounous

    Chapter 8 European Chestnut Traditional and High-Density Orchards

    Gabriele Beccaro, Giancarlo Bounous, Giulia Tessa, and Pedro Halçartegaray Riqué

    Chapter 9 Postharvest Handling

    Fabio Mencarelli and Andrea Vannini

    Chapter 10 Coppice Woodlands and Chestnut Wood Technology

    Maria Chiara Manetti, Enrico Marcolin, Mario Pividori, Roberto Zanuttini, and Marco Conedera

    Chapter 11 Diseases

    Paolo Gonthier and Cécile Robin

    Chapter 12 Pests

    Chiara Ferracini

    Chapter 13 Pests, Diseases, and Physiological Disorders Vademecum

    Alberto Alma, Gabriele Beccaro, Chiara Ferracini, Paolo Gonthier, Cécile Robin, and Ümit Serdar


    Gabriele Loris Beccaro is associate professor of General Arboriculture at the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences of the University of Torino (Italy).

    Alberto Alma is full professor of Entomology at the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino.

    Giancarlo Bounous is currently Liaison Leader, Subnetwork on Chestnut, within the framework of the FAO/CIHEAM Inter-regional Cooperative Research Network on Nuts.

    José Gomes-Laranjo is associate professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal).