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Sago Palm

Multiple Contributions to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

Editors: Ehara, Hiroshi, Toyoda, Yukio, Johnson, Dennis (Eds.)

  • Demonstrates the benefits of sago starch development for subsistence farmers and food industries
  • Explores the potential for economic development of sago starch production in marginal peat swamp soils 
  • Documents how greater utilization of sago starch in rural areas can create new income opportunities for local people, as well as prospects for small-scale industrial development
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This open access book addresses a wide variety of events and technologies concerning the sago palm, ranging from its botanical characteristics, culture and use to social conditions in the places where it is grown, in order to provide a record of research findings and to benefit society. It discusses various subjects, including the sago palm and related species; differentiation of species of starch-producing palm; habitat, morphological, physiological and growth characteristics; culture and management; productivity of carbon dioxide; starch extraction and manufacture; characteristics and utilization of starch; and cultural anthropological and folkloristic aspects.

Problems such as food shortages due to increasing populations, global warming and climate change, and decreasing reserves of oil and other underground resources, have become more pressing in recent years. In the context of these problems, the book examines the role of the sago palm in sustainable food production, in the manufacture of other foodstuffs, as a raw material for ethanol and in the manufacture of biodegradable plastics. In addition to academics, this book will be useful to researchers and government officials working for international agencies, national governments, municipalities, and other research organizations; technicians, researchers, managers, entrepreneurs, and others working in industries such as agriculture, plant production, food production, manufacturing, chemical engineering, energy production, and distribution.

About the authors

Book Editors:

Hiroshi Ehara, Ph.D., Professor

International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE), Nagoya University

Yukio Toyoda, M.A., Professor

College of Tourism, Rikkyo University

Dennis V. Johnson, Ph.D.

Former University of Houston, Consultant

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Status and Outlook of Global Food Security and the Role of Underutilized Food Resources: Sago Palm

    Pages 3-16

    Konuma, Hiroyuki

  • Growing Area of Sago Palm and Its Environment

    Pages 17-29

    Bintoro, Mochamad Hasjim (et al.)

  • Life and Livelihood in Sago-Growing Areas

    Pages 31-42

    Toyoda, Yukio

  • Genetic Variation and Agronomic Features of Metroxylon Palms in Asia and Pacific

    Pages 45-59

    Ehara, Hiroshi

  • Sago Palm Genetic Resource Diversity in Indonesia

    Pages 61-71

    Abbas, Barahima

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sago Palm
Book Subtitle
Multiple Contributions to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Hiroshi Ehara
  • Yukio Toyoda
  • Dennis Johnson
Springer Singapore
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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Number of Pages
XIII, 330
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour

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