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Challenges in cultivation of bananas in the subtropics

Code: 9781838793425
Víctor Galán Saúco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, Spain

Chapter synopsis: Although it is commonly thought that a tropical climate is more suited to banana production than a subtropical climate, banana yields obtained in the subtropics are excellent and under good cultural practices can even be considered among the highest of the world. The relatively cool climate of the subtropics causes undesirable physiological phenomena and a long cropping cycle, but it has advantages as well. This chapter describes appropriate cultural practices designed to solve or minimize the climatic constraints on cultivation of bananas in the subtropics, including cultivation under greenhouse conditions.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0020.15
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The influence of climate in banana production 3 Main problems for banana cultivation in the subtropics 4 Solving cultivation problems 5 Other cultivation practices relevant to the subtropics 6 Greenhouse banana cultivation 7 Banana cultivars for the subtropics 8 Plant protection 9 Access to market 10 Conclusion 11 Where to look for further information 12 References

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