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Book Details

Book Name :

Horizon of World Plant Fiber: An Insight

Author Name :

Ratikanta Maiti, Humberto Gonzalez Rodriguez and Pratik Satya

Price : INR 800

Discount Price : INR 500

Read Sample :

Fiber crops have been serving the mankind since the inception of civilization. However, little emphasis has been given on appraisal of the contribution of these plant species in our life, except cotton. The bast and leaf fiber crops have enormous impact on our day to day life, from the carpet of the room to the sacs of the foods or to the body parts of cars and other vehicles. With the increasing use of synthetic fibers in the last fifty years, natural fibers have been pushed to backstage in the realm of oblivion. These crops in the last decades have survived mainly in the traditional, marginal farming community and tribal areas. In the recent past, there has been resurgence in the interest of fibers from natural origin, since synthetic fibers are considered as one of the major pollutants of the environment. To commemorate the contribution of natural fibers, United Nations has declared the year 2009 as ‘International Year for Natural Fibers’. It is therefore seems apt to have a book that creates awareness on bast and leaf fiber crops. There are few books that deal with fiber crops, and perhaps none of them have discussed about the crop and the fiber in detail under the same title. A few specialized works have been published, but these also need to be updated. The present work is based largely on the experience of the first author who has worked with the fiber crops for about fifty years in different countries. Some of the photographs are taken from his original book , World Fiber Crops. It discusses origin, distribution, botany, physiology, cultivation, and production and use of fiber with research achievements in all the sectors. Rather than providing bibliographic details of different works, emphasis have been given on understanding research direction and research needs in the major fiber crops, which are enriched by authors’ experience and expertise in the field of fiber crops. A number of crops have been discussed which are marginal and endemic, but has the potential to be cultivated in large areas. The authors have also discussed in detail the techniques for screening better crop genotypes using anatomical features of fiber crops, the histo-chemistry of fibers and the potential role of these techniques in crop improvement. It is expected that the book will find a place among the researchers, academicians, students and policy makers for a ready reference as well as for retrieving detailed information on these crops.