Although thought of as a minor crop, peppers are a major world commodity due to their great versatility. They are used not only as vegetables in their own right but also as flavorings in food products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Aimed at advanced students and growers, this second edition expands upon topics covered in the first, such as the plant’s history, genetics, production, diseases and pests, and brings the text up to date with current research and understanding of this genus. New material includes an expansion of marker-assisted breeding to cover the different types of markers available, new directions, and trends in the industry, the loss of germplasm and access to it, and the long term preservation of Capsicum resources worldwide.
About the Author
Paul W. Bosland is at the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, New Mexico State University.
Eric J. Votava is at the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, New Mexico State University.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction2. Taxonomy, Pod Types and Genetic Resources 3. Botany4. Seeds5. Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology6. Chemical Composition7. Production8. Harvesting9. Postharvest Handling10. Disorders, Diseases, and Pests