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1st Edition

Edited by Eric Odoux, Michel Grisoni

CRC Press

420 pages | 126 B/W Illus.

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Vanilla is a legacy of Mexico and, like chocolate, it is a major global delicacy representing almost a half-billion Euros in profits each year. Written under the editorial guidance of renowned field authorities Drs. Eric Odoux and Michel Grisoni, Vanilla presents up-to-date reviews on the cultivation, curing, and uses of vanilla. It provides unique and comprehensive coverage of the biology of the vanilla vine, the properties of its aromatic beans, and production processes worldwide.

Written by 45 International Experts with Vast Experience in their Respective Fields

This globally relevant resource discusses biotechnology aimed at finding novel production methods of vanilla and horticultural studies for improving yields and increasing plant resistance. It analyzes entomological issues related to pollination, studies on the chemistry and biochemistry of the curing process, and the advanced analytical chemistry needed to identify adulterations such as vanillin-spiked pods and synthetic vanillin. It also explores the relationship between fruit development anatomy and flavor quality.

Vanilla is a universally appreciated flavor that is consumed worldwide. This book will no doubt serve for many years to come as the definitive resource on the topic and the standard reference for those interested in this delicate crop, including producers, flavorists, researchers, and consumers.

Table of Contents

Vanilloid Orchids: Systematics and Evolution Kenneth M. Cameron

Evolutionary Processes and Diversification in the Genus Vanilla

Séverine Bory, Spencer Brown, Marie-France Duval, and Pascale Besse

Conservation and Movement of Vanilla Germplasm

Michel Roux-Cuvelier and Michel Grisoni

Vanilla in Herbaria

Marc Pignal

Biotechnological Applications in Vanilla

Minoo Divakaran, K. Nirmal Babu, and Michel Grisoni

Cultivation Systems

Juan Hernández Hernández and Pesach Lubinsky

Virus Diseases of Vanilla

Michel Grisoni, Michael Pearson, and Karin Farreyrol

Fungal Diseases of Vanilla

Mesak Tombe and Edward C.Y. Liew

Bio-Ecology and Control of an Emerging Vanilla Pest, the Scale Conchaspis angraeci

Serge Quilici, Agathe Richard, and Kenny Le Roux

Anatomy and Biochemistry of Vanilla Bean Development (Vanilla planifolia G. Jackson)

Fabienne Lapeyre-Montes, Geneviève Conéjéro,Jean-Luc Verdeil, and Eric Odoux

Vanilla Curing

Eric Odoux

Developing the Aromatic Quality of Cured Vanilla Beans

Eric Odoux

Morphological, Chemical, Sensory, and Genetic Specificities of Tahitian Vanilla

Sandra Lepers-Andrzejewski, Christel Brunschwig,François-Xavier Collard, and Michel Dron

Microbial Safety of Cured Vanilla Beans

Samira Sarter

Authentication of Vanilla Products

Jens-Michael Hilmer, Franz-Josef Hammerschmidt, and Gerd Lösing

Vanilla Use in Colonial Mexico and Traditional Totonac

Patricia Rain and Pesach Lubinsky

Vanilla’s Debt to Reunion Island

Raoul Lucas

Recognizing the Quality and Origin of Vanilla from Reunion Island: Creating a PGI "Vanille de L’île de la Réunion"

Bertrand Côme

Vanilla Production in Indonesia

Robber Zaubin, Mesak Tombe, and Edward C.Y. Liew

Vanilla Production in India

Y.R. Sarma, Joseph Thomas, B. Sasikumar, and S. Varadarasan

Vanilla Production in East Africa: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Clemens Fehr

Vanilla Production in Mexico

Juan Hernández Hernández and Pesach Lubinsky

Vanilla Production in China

Hengcang Zhou, Yunyue Wang, Hongyu Wang, Xurui, and Dexin Chen

Vanilla Production in French Polynesia

Sandra Lepers-Andrzejewski and Michel Dron

About the Editors

Eric Odoux graduated in biochemistry and had a career in Cirad (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) since 1988. He successively worked on coffee, cocoa, aromatic plants and tropical fruits processing in Cameroun (and other West Africa Countries) and in France before to develop a research project on vanilla curing in 1996 in Reunion Island and Madagascar. His main research axis has focused on vanilla aroma development related to curing practices. He received his PhD degree in Food Sciences from University of Montpellier II (France) in 2004. His work led to research in partnership with industry, to consultancy reports and to scientific articles.

Michel Grisoni graduated in agronomy and holds a PhD degree in Plant pathology from Montpellier SupAgro (France). He has been conducting a carreer as agro-virologist for CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) since 1984 in Colombia, French Polynesia and Reunion Island. His research on vanilla focused primarilly on pests and diseases then moved towards the caracterization, preservation and development of genetic resources, in particular to improve the resistance of vanilla plants to diseases.

He is presently in charge of a research program on "Vanilla genetics and certification" in Reunion Island and curator of the Vanilla collection of the Center of Biological Resources (VATEL).

About the Series

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants - Industrial Profiles

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General