English translation of a classic handbook
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CTA. 1991. English translation of a classic handbook. Spore 35. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The cultivated plants of the Tropics and Subtropics by Sigmund Rehm and Gustav Espig 522pp 1991 ISBN 3 8236 1169 0 Verlag Josef Margraf Scientific Books also available from CTA
CTA has supported the translation into English of The cultivated plants of the Tropics and Subtropics by Sigmund Rehm and Gustav Espig. This is both a reference handbook for those working in this field and a text book for students of agriculture and related subjects. Originally published in German in 1984, it describes over 1,000 cultivated crops. An introduction to each of the main plant groups looks at the economics, production trends, nutritional value and uses of the group. The major crops are then discussed in more detail and information provided on production figures and distribution, breeding of cultivars, ecophysiology, cultivation, pests and diseases, and harvesting and processing. Much of the information on individual species. and on the less widely-grown cross. is presented in clear tables which include columns for specific points of interest. Food crops are divided into main groups; cereals, root and tuber crops, sugar, oil vegetables, fruit and nuts. There is a section on beverages and stimulants, which includes tobacco, and sections on spices, medicinal plants, essential oils, fibre plants, elastomers, dyes and tanning materials etc. Fodder grasses and fodder legumes are also included, as are crops which are used for ancillary purposes such as wind-breaks and soil stabilizers. The book is illustrated throughout with clear black-and-white line drawings. Numbered references relate to an extensive list of recent publications which give the reader the opportunity to find further information on specific crops or subject areas. The cultivated plants of the Tropics and Subtropics by Sigmund Rehm and Gustav Espig 522pp 1991 ISBN 3 8236 1169 0 Verlag Josef Margraf Scientific Books also available from CTA