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K.V. Peter
K.V. Peter: Professor of Horticulture and Former Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur - 680 656, Kerala (India)

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Underutilized and underexploited horticultural crops form an integral part of health food green parks, neutraceutical industry, home decorations, renewable sources of green energy and above all food reserves during calamities. Leaf vegetables like agathi, chekkurmanis, waterleaf, drumstick leaf, basella and colacasia leaf are rich in fibre, minerals and beta carotenes. Cucurbits like ash gourd, pointed gourd, ivy gourd, kekrol, snap melons and chow-chow are rich in iron and amino acids. Fruits like karonda, aonla and cherries are highly nutritious and are suited to less moisture soils. Noni is a fruit for health. Noni juice is recommended against diabetes, obesity and sleeplessness. Among spices, long pepper, mint, celery, fenugreek and garcenia possess medicinal properties. There are a large number of underexploited medicinal plants like tulsi and peppermint with considerable economic value. Underutilized crops like in Tripura, Orissa and Kerala are specially mentioned. There is need to broaden the food basket with lesser know crops. There is a shift from Health Care to Wellness Industry. Prevention is always better then cure. The present volume deals with underexploited and underutilized horticultural crops in its totality. The contributors of each are working scientists in the specific crop.

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  2. Genetic Resources of Underutilized Horticultural Crops in Tripura


    Sankaran, M., Singh N.P. and Jai Prakash
    1 - 20 (20 Pages)
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  3. Arrow Root


    Jose Mathew
    21 - 28 (8 Pages)
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  4. Coleus (Coleus parviflorus Benth.)


    Rajmohan, K.
    29 - 36 (8 Pages)
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  5. Larger Yam


    Jayakrishna Kumar
    37 - 56 (20 Pages)
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  6. Lesser Yam


    Jayakrishna kumar
    57 - 66 (10 Pages)
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  7. Winged Beans


    K P Prasanna
    67 - 72 (6 Pages)
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  8. Yam Beans


    V. S. Devadas
    73 - 76 (4 Pages)
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  9. Indigenous Ornamental Plants of Western Ghats


    P. E. Rajasekharan
    77 - 104 (28 Pages)
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  10. Domestication of Underutilized Species for Ornamental Values


    S. K. DATTA
    105 - 114 (10 Pages)
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    Underutilized Orchids of Orissa


    Sagar Mohapatra, Kambaska Kumar Behera
    115 - 134 (20 Pages)
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    Promising Indian Barlerias of Ornamental Potential


    Mayur Y. Kamble, Sandeep R. Pai, S. M. Shendage, G. B. Dixit, P. D. Chavan, U. S. Yadav & S. R. Yadav
    135 - 150 (16 Pages)
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    Exacum bicolor - An Elegant Wild Flowering Herbs


    U. Sreelatha, T. S. Baburaj and C. Narayanan Kutty
    151 - 158 (8 Pages)
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    Use of Dehydration Technique for Utilization of Unutilized Rural Flora for Preparation of Diversified Value Added Products


    S. K. DATTA
    159 - 170 (12 Pages)
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    Underutilized Herbs and Spices


    P. N. Ravindran, Geetha S PillaI & K Nirmal Babu
    171 - 232 (62 Pages)
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    Tropical Cucurbits and Their Improvement


    K.V. PETER, P.G. SADHAN KUMAR AND T.E. GEORGE
    233 - 246 (14 Pages)
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    Basella


    B. VARALAKSHMI
    247 - 254 (8 Pages)
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    Chow-Chow


    M.Pitchaimuthu
    255 - 274 (20 Pages)
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    Ivy Gourd


    L.K. Bharathi
    275 - 282 (8 Pages)
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    Melothria


    L.K. Bharathi
    283 - 288 (6 Pages)
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    Spine Gourd


    L.K. Bharathi, G. Naik, H.S. Singh and D.K. Dora
    289 - 296 (8 Pages)
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    Participatory Management of Indigenous Mango Germplasm


    T. Pradeep kumar, I. John kutty and K.V. Peter
    297 - 300 (4 Pages)
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    Indian Noni (Marinda citrifolia L) A Unique Fruit Crop with High Medicinal Value


    Abu Saleha, L. Manju Kamath, P.I. Peter
    301 - 312 (12 Pages)
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    Karonda (Carissa conjesta) - An Underutilized Fruit Crop


    DINESH KUMAR, V.PANDEY AND VISHAL NATH
    313 - 326 (14 Pages)
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    Tamarind


    T.M. Gajanana, I.N.D. Gowda and B.M.C. Reddy
    327 - 344 (18 Pages)
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    Simarouba (Simarouba glauca DC.)


    D. Ramajayam, Syamasundar Joshi, Shantha Joshi and P.K. Mishra
    345 - 368 (24 Pages)
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    Aonla Cultivars


    V.K. RAO AND S.K. SHARMA
    369 - 378 (10 Pages)
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