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Advances in cultivation of avocado

Code: 9781786765376
Gary S. Bender, University of California Cooperative Extension, USA

Chapter synopsis: Avocado has become a very popular fruit in the diet, causing avocado consumption to grow worldwide. This chapter discusses what is being done to improve the cultivation of avocado. It reviews methods in preserving and increasing the soil nutrition of avocado such as adding organic matter into the soil from composted landscape trimmings, agricultural waste and manures. The chapter also reviews the advances in methods for improving the yield of existing land and new land such as planting on a higher density and keeping the trees low so that harvesting can be done without ladders, as well as reviewing how growers use more moisture-monitoring devices in the soil that help growers schedule irrigations better. It concludes by highlighting how the avocado industry is experimenting with new cultivars and rootstocks bred in university and private breeding projects throughout the world.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0054.20
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Advances in soil management 3 Advances in fertility management 4 Advances in irrigation management 5 Advances in cultivars and rootstocks 6 High-density production 7 Root rot management 8 Pest management 9 Conclusion and future trends 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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