© 1995

Bananas and Plantains

  • S. Gowen

Part of the World Crop Series book series (WOCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. J. C. Robinson
    Pages 15-65
  3. R. Ortiz
    Pages 84-109
  4. R. Ortiz, R. S. B. Ferris, D. R. Vuylsteke
    Pages 110-146
  5. Y. Israeli, E. Lahav, O. Reuveni
    Pages 147-178
  6. E. B. Karamura, D. A. Karamura
    Pages 190-205
  7. B. Delvaux
    Pages 230-257
  8. E. Lahav
    Pages 258-316
  9. M. J. Jeger, S. Eden-Green, J. M. Thresh, A. Johanson, J. M. Waller, A. E. Brown
    Pages 317-381
  10. S. R. Gowen
    Pages 382-402
  11. A. K. Thompson, O. J. Burden
    Pages 403-433
  12. P. John, J. Marchal
    Pages 434-467
  13. S. Chandler
    Pages 468-480
  14. A. K. Thompson
    Pages 481-492
  15. D. Hallam
    Pages 509-533

About this book


In a field of mature bananas, plants can be seen at all stages of vegetative growth and fruit maturity, providing a fascination for anyone who has an interest in growing crops. Banana farmers in the tropics can harvest fruit every day of the year. The absence of seasonality in production is an advantage, in that it provides a continuity of carbohydrate to meet dietary needs as well as a regular source of income, a feature that perhaps has been under-estimated by rural planners and agricultural strategists. The burgeoning interest in bananas in the last 20 years results from the belated realization that Musa is an under-exploited genus, notwithstanding the fact that one genetically narrow group, the Cavendish cultivars, supply a major export commodity second only to citrus in terms of the world fruit trade. International research interest in the diversity of fruit types has been slow to develop, presumably because bananas and plantains have hitherto been regarded as a reliable backyard source of dessert fruit or starch supplying the needs of the household, and in this situation relatively untroubled by pests, diseases or agronomic problems.


banana biochemistry breeding chemistry genetics morphology processing

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Gowen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Natural Resources InstituteChathamUK
  2. 2.Department of AgricultureUniversity of ReadingUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bananas and Plantains
  • Editors S. Gowen
  • Series Title World Crop Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-412-36870-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-4317-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0737-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 612
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Forestry
    Food Science
    Plant Physiology
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Reviews important addition to the shelves of African farmers and anyone else involved with the production and sale of bananas. - African Farming; ...Gowen is a comprehensive and readable book which will serve an an introduction and valuable detailed reference source to the biology of this important crop. - Annals of Botany; This title is a useful, modern addition to the sources of information on bananas and associated crops. It is also to be commended both to individuals and Institutions concerned with the cultivation, breeding and marketing of one of the world's major tropical crops. - Agricultural Science; It is believed that the latest success of gene transformation in banana will open a new area in its cultivation and use, and this book will serve as a very important advanced guide. - Israel Journal of Plant Science