Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture

Current Advances in Coconut Biotechnology

Editors: Oropeza, C., Verdeil, J.L., Ashburner, G.R., Cardeña, R., Santamaría, J.M. (Eds.)

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The coconut palm occupies a significant place in the world economy as an important subsistence crop in all the areas in which it is grown. Relatively few countries are able to export any quantity of coconut products because of increasing home demands coupled with low productivity. Yields are generally well below potential despite recent developments with improved planting stock and agronomic practices. In the last 50 years, both these aspects have received considerable attention, but the focus is shifting to investigate how the use of recently developed biotechnological techniques- can benefit the coconut industry. This volume, the result of the International Symposium on Coconut Biotechnology (held in December 1997 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico), describes recent research in three important areas. Standard plant breeding techniques used with coconut have produced improved planting material, but progress is inevitably very slow. Can more rapid genetic improvement be obtained using molecular techniques? The papers presented in this section suggest that such techniques will open up exciting new prospects, but only after basic information has been gathered on the genetic status of existing coconut stocks. Research using microsatellite techniques seems to provide a useful tool to help to classifying these stocks. However, only a combination of classical breeding methods with modem techniques will lead to the rapid improvement which is required to supply material for urgent replanting programs.

Table of contents (33 chapters)

  • Current status of the coconut industry

    Punchihewa, P. G.

    Pages 3-17

  • The role of international cooperation in the development of biotechnology in coconut

    Batugal, P. A.

    Pages 19-30

  • The application of molecular markers to coconut genetic improvement

    Ashburner, G. R.

    Pages 33-44

  • Genetic improvement of coconut palms

    Baudouin, L.

    Pages 45-56

  • Use of molecular markers and morpho-agronomical characters in the management of plant germplasm

    Hamon, S. (et al.)

    Pages 57-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Current Advances in Coconut Biotechnology
Editors
  • C. Oropeza
  • J.L. Verdeil
  • G.R. Ashburner
  • R. Cardeña
  • J.M. Santamaría
Series Title
Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
Series Volume
35
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9283-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9283-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5823-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5265-0
Series ISSN
0924-1949
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 440
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