New edition of classic text on bananas
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CTA. 1989. New edition of classic text on bananas. Spore 22. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Stover R.H., and N.W.Simmonds, 1988. Bananas. ISBN 0582 463 572 Longman Group Ltd Longman House Burnt Mill Harlow Essex CM20 2JE UK
Professor N W Simmond's classic volume 'Bananas' has been re-issued in Longman's Tropical Agriculture Series with new material from Dr R H Stover, a phytopathologist with extensive experience of the banana-producing world and of current banana research. The 500-page book retains the best elements of previous editions, with clearly-defined chapters based on the previous work, each with their own bibliographical references, and also with the original chapters on species and varieties. Dr Stover's contribution has been to introduce new knowledge and developments which have taken place during the past quarter century or so. Stover refers to some of these changes as revolutionary, and documents them thoroughly, as he does the likely future problems in banana production. He introduces information on countries which are marginal in banana production (for example, Taiwan, Australia, Israel) but where original work has been undertaken in response to production problems. The book leads the reader through morphological and anatomical descriptions of organs and their evolution during growth; through the classification of cultivars on Professor Simmond's original guidelines; the ecological conditions to which banana trees have adapted; production systems world wide; quality; pests and diseases; post-harvest conditions, and trade. There are many illustrations, photographs, and line-drawings, a main index, and an index of names of cultivars. Stover R.H., and N.W.Simmonds, 1988. Bananas. ISBN 0582 463 572 Longman Group Ltd Longman House Burnt Mill Harlow Essex CM20 2JE UK