The Oil Palm / Edition 4

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Overview

"There have been many new developments since the third edition of Harley's The Oil Palm in 1988, particularly in the fields of clonal propagation, agronomy, breeding and molecular genetics. This new edition has been completely rewritten, and is the first book to record and explore these and many other developments." "The book traces the origins and progress of the industry, and describes the basic science underlying the physiology, breeding and nutrition of the oil palm. It covers both cutting-edge research, and wider issues such as genetic modification of the crop, the promise of clonal propagation, and the effects of palm oil on human health. The practical problems of maximising yield of oil and kernels are discussed in relation to the present 'yield gap' and oil extraction rate decline in Malaysia. The oil palm is also compared to the soya bean and other oil crops, and the recent history of the price of oil palm products is considered in the light of this." "The fourth edition includes: comprehensive coverage of the most up-to-date oil palm research, with explanatory material for the non-specialist in areas such as biotechnology, nutrient uptake and palm oil end-use; practical advice for those in the industry, including details on how to improve site selection, cultivation, production, nutrition, selection and breeding, and pest and disease management; and there are numerous illustrations, a large full-colour section, and a very comprehensive and up-to-date list of references." The Oil Palm makes an essential contribution to oil palm research and will be an indispensable reference and guide for agricultural students, researchers and all those working worldwide, in the oil palm industry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632052127
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2003
  • Series: World Agriculture Series , #9
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 1,200,837
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

About the authors:

Dr RHV Corley is a plant physiologist who worked for over 15 years in oil palm research in Malaysia. He was the head of research for Unilever Plantations for a further 16 years, and is now a consultant on tropical plantation crops.

Professor B Tinker was for 7 years at the West African Institute for Oil Palm Research, and has been a consultant in Malaysia. For 12 years he was on the Programme Advisory Committee of PORIM (now MPOB). In the UK he has been Professor of Agricultural Botany, Deputy Director and head of soils at Rothamsted Experimental Station, and Director of Science at the National Environment Research Council.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 The origin and development of the oil palm industry 1
2 The classification and morphology of the oil palm 27
3 The climate and soils of the oil palm-growing regions 53
4 Growth, flowering and yield 89
5 Selection and breeding 133
6 Vegetative propagation and biotechnology 201
7 Seed germination and nurseries 217
8 Site selection and land preparation 233
9 The establishment of oil palms in the field 271
10 Care and maintenance of oil palms 287
11 Mineral nutrition of oil palms 327
12 Diseases and pests of the oil palm 391
13 The products of the oil palm and their extraction 445
14 Marketing, economics, end use and human health 467
15 Concluding remarks 479
Reference list and index of citations 483
Index 541
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