J.S. Bal: PhD. (Hort.), Former Professor of Horticulture, Department of Fruit Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004, Punjab
The various aspects of fruit cultivation mainly covered are nutritive and cultural significance; origin, history, and distribution; taxonomical and botanical description; climatic and soil adaptability; propagation technology and rootstocks; plant and fruit physiology; recommended and popular cultivars; planning and planting; soil cultural practices technology - water need, nutritional need, weed control, inter culture; plant cultural practices technology - training and pruning, fruit thinning, fruit quality improvement, use of plant growth regulators; special problems; harvesting and production of fruits; post-harvest fruit technology; insect-pests and diseases management; marketing and export potential. Section-1 covers 5 leading tropical fruits of the country. Similarly, Section- 2 and Section- 3 each covers 2 tropical fruits in order of their importance. Scientists working in different Universities/Institutions and Research Stations have contributed chapter on fruit crops in their respective areas of specialization. The book will be highly beneficial to the graduate and post-graduate students in Fruit Science, fruit growers, scientists and extension workers.