Grapes (Crop Production Science in Horticulture)

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Grapes are one of the world's most widely planted horticultural crops, used to make a variety of fresh, dried and processed products. The science of grapes and grape production are discussed through an examination of wine grapes as well as grapes for fresh consumption and raisin production. Providing historical and current information about the grape industry, chapters cover genetics, breeding and cultivars, grapevine growth, development and nutrition, climate requirements, pests and diseases and post-harvest production. This informative text thoroughly covers the influence of the environment on grapevine health and productivity, and informs the reader on how grapes are grown and factors affecting grape quality.

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Grapes are being produced in many places where it was not considered possible before, largely due to advances in understanding how the vine works, as well as improvements in technology and management skills. The production of grapes continues to grow and methods of grape production and how the fruit is utilized are changing rapidly.Covering a broad range of topics from vineyard establishment and management to post harvest handling and improvements in pest control, this book, with its coverage of both theory and science, targets advanced plant science students and those who are producing grapes for the first time, as well as enthusiasts of the vine and its products.

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"This book makes a strong contribution to the field and should be useful for students of viticulture, extension agents and grape and wine enthusiasts."--HortScience

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