Vegetables I: Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Chenopodicaceae, and Cucurbitaceae

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Jaime Prohens-Tomás, Fernando Nuez
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2007 - Science - 428 pages
The production and consumption of vegetables has expanded dramatically in the last years, with a global growth in the production of more than 50% in the last decade, a rate of increase that is much higher than for other plant commodities. Vegetables constitute an important part of a varied and healthy diet and provide significant amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and other substances that prevent diseases and contribute to an improvement in the quality of life. In consequence, it is expected that in the coming years, vegetable crops production will continue its expansion. Improved varieties have had a main role in the increases in yield and quality of vegetable crops. In this respect, the vegetables seed market is very dynamic and competitive, and predominant varieties are quickly replaced by new varieties. Therefore, updated information on the state of the art of the genetic improvement of specific crops is of interest to vegetable crops breeders, researchers and scholars. During the last years an immense quantity of new knowledge on the genetic diversity of vegetables and the utilization of genetic resources, breeding methods and techniques, and on the development and utilization of modern biotechnologies in vegetables crop breeding has accumulated, and there is a need of a major reference work that synthesizes this information. This is our objective.
 

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Contents

Chicory and Endive
3
Globe Artichoke and Cardoon
49
Lettuce
75
Cabbage and Kale
119
Cauliflower and Broccoli 151
150
Spinach
189
Table Beet
219
Cucumber 241
240
Melon
283
Pumpkin and Winter Squash
317
Summer Squash
350
Watermelon
381
Index
419
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