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Economic Botany
A Comprehensive Study

5th Edition


  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107112940

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  • This book offers an up-to-date account of important crops grown worldwide. It provides detailed discussion on the history of plant exploration, migration, domestication and distribution, and crop improvement. The text starts with the origin and diversification of cultivated plants, followed by discussion on tropical, subtropical and temperate crops that are sources of food, beverages, spices and medicines, as well as plant insecticides, timber plants and essential oil-yielding plants. The genetic and evolutionary aspects of different plants and their health benefits are highlighted. The book covers topics dealing with biodiversity conservation, petro-crops, ethnobotanical studies, and important sub-tropical and temperate plants that have commercial importance. The significance of major plant species under each category is described in detail. Illustrated with numerous well-labelled line diagrams and pictures, this book will be useful for students of botany, food and nutrition, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, plant breeding and environmental science.

    • Discusses the breeding programs of crops such as wheat, rice, maize, sorghum, sugarcane, potato, tea and rubber
    • Discusses crops that are a source of food, beverages, spices and medicines, as well as plant insecticides, timber plants and essential oil-yielding plants
    • Emphasizes the health benefits of food plants with antioxidant properties
    • Contains interesting, real-life pictures of plant species
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    Product details

    • Edition: 5th Edition
    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107112940
    • length: 680 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 192 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.23kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    1. Introduction
    2. Fibre and fibre-yielding plants
    3. Cereal crops
    4. Sugars, starches, and cellulose products
    5. Legumes or pulses
    6. Vegetable oils and fats
    7. Fruits and nuts
    8. Vegetables
    9. Spices, condiments and other flavourings
    10. Fumitory and masticatory materials
    11. Beverages
    12. Wood and its uses
    13. Vegetable tannins and dyestuffs
    14. Rubber
    15. Medicinal plants
    16. Insecticides and herbicides
    17. Essential oil-yielding plants
    18. Plant diversity and its conservation
    19. Petrocrops: our future fuels
    20. Ethnobotany
    General references
    Suggested supplementary readings

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    S. L. Kochhar

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    S. L. Kochhar, University of Delhi
    S. L. Kochhar taught Economic Botany and Plant Physiology at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi for more than four decades (1965–2007). His areas of interest are botany, plant science, tropical crops and plant physiology.

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