Bananas: Cultivation, Consumption and Crop Diseases


Valerie A. Pearson (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: MED038000

Bananas arise as one of the most popular fruits consumed all around the world. Banana belongs to the genus Musa from the family Musaceae. It is original from tropical regions and presents a strong ability to protect itself from the oxidative stress caused by extreme climatic conditions such as intense sunshine and high temperature. For this protection, bananas increase the production of bioactive compounds with antioxidant activity, which protect the fruit from the oxidative damage. This book provides current research on the cultivation, consumption and crop diseases of bananas. Chapter One addresses the biochemical characterization of Musa spp. genotypes, with emphasis on bioactive secondary metabolites of interest to human nutrition. Chapter Two focuses on the composition of bananas, including macronutrients, micronutrients and bioactive compounds, as well as the effect of postharvest treatments and storage conditions in the quality of bananas. Chapter Three reviews sustainable management of banana waste through renewable energy and bio-fertilizer generation. Chapter Four reviews some of the recently reported valuable uses of banana pseudstem sap (BPS), for growth of sustainable agricultural process, food technology and value-added medicinal products, and in textiles for improving certain functional attributes. The final chapter examines banana as an important food allergen source. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Musa spp. – Functional Properties, Biofortification, and Bioavailability
C.V. Borges and M. Maraschin (Agronomist Engineer, M.Sc, Ph.D student – State University of São Paulo, Campus Botucatu – Post-Graduation Program in Agronomy, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Chemical Composition and Bioactive Compounds in Bananas and Postharvest Alterations
Raquel P. F. Guiné and Daniela V. T. A. Costa (CI&DETS Research Centre, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Viseu, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 3. Sustainable Management of Banana Waste through Renewable Energy and Bio-Fertilizer Generation
Chao Li, Ivo Achu Nges, Jun Fang, and Jing Liu (Department of Biotechnology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, and others)

Chapter 4. Banana Pseudostem Sap: An Important Agro-waste for Diversified Applications Including Textile
S Basak, S K Chattopadhyay and Kartick K Samanta (Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Matunga, Mumbai, India, and others)

Chapter 5. Banana as a Food Allergen Source
Jasna Nikolić, Milica Popović, and Marija Gavrović-Jankulović (Faculty of Chemistry University of Belgrade, Department of Biochemistry, Belgrade, Serbia)


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