From the plant to the pot
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CTA. 1991. From the plant to the pot. Spore 36. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Tea by Denis Bonheure 102pp 1990 ISBN 0 333 54450 1 Tropical Agriculturalist series published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 4 Little Essex Street, London WC2, UK Available from CTA
After water, tea is the most heavily consumed drink in the world. Some 2,600,000 hectares are devoted to its cultivation, 86% of which are in Asia, 8% in Africa and the remainder distributed between South America, the USSR and Oceania. It is therefore appropriate that it should form the subject of another book in the popular Tropical Agriculturalist series published by Macmillan in cooperation with CTA. After a brief historical introduction, Tea deals with the botany and the ecological requirements of the plant. Techniques for selecting plant material, taking and establishing cuttings, sowing seed and plant nursery management are all described and illustrated. The steps which need to be taken in order to establish a tea plantation are then described. They include anti-erosion measures such as interspersing the tea with hedges of leguminous plants and mulching within the rows during the early years. Two techniques of bringing the tea plant into bearing, formative pruning and pegging, are illustrated with clear diagrams as is the formation of the plucking table and harvesting. Organic and inorganic fertilizers are discussed and a colour plate illustrates the effect of a number of trace element deficiencies. Weeding, irrigation and crop protection techniques are described and the book ends with sections on factory production, tasting skills and how to make a pot of tea! Illustrated throughout with clear line drawings, black-and-white photographs and tables, the text is informative and detailed, yet easy to read. Tea by Denis Bonheure 102pp 1990 ISBN 0 333 54450 1 published by Macmillan Publishers Ltd, 4 Little Essex Street, London WC2, UK Available from CTA