Potatoes: Production, Consumption and Health Benefits


Claudio Caprara (Editor)
University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies

This book presents an overview of the cultivation of potatoes, pointing out some aspects in relation to its production, consumption and importance for consumer health. The aim is to offer a glimpse of the forest rather than the single tree, but not failing to focus on “a few trees.” The approach is interdisciplinary, and in this sense the history and the climatic aspects that favour cultivation are highlighted first, ideally starting with contributions on South-America and then moving eastwards, following the diffusion of the potato in the rest of the world. Some technological aspects are then tackled linked to cultivation, harvest, postharvest, production and utilization of potatoes. Lastly some aspects are dealt with, nutritional and not, relating to the importance of potatoes on the health of the consumer. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface pp.vii-viii

Chapter 1. Chuño and Tunta; the Traditional Andean Sun-Dried Potatoes
(J. Mauricio Peñarrieta, Juan Antonio Alvarado K., José A. Bravo and Björn Bergenståhl)pp.1-12

Chapter 2. Effects of Climatic Factors on Potato Crop
(André B. Pereira and Clinton C. Shock)pp.13-36

Chapter 3. Climate Change: Challenge for Potato Production in South-East Europe
(Zorica Jovanovic, Radmila Stikic, Zoran Brocic and Jasmina Oljaca)pp.37-66

Chapter 4. Land Suitability Assessment for Potato Cultivation in an Italian Region: A Gis Based Analysis
(Claudio Caprara and Roberta Martelli)pp.67-82

Chapter 5. Improving the Conditions of Potato Production by the Automation of Potato Harvesting Tasks Using Machine Vision
(Ahmad Al-Mallahi and Takashi Kataoka)pp.83-98

Chapter 6. Postharvest Diseases and Disorders of Potato Tuber Solanum Tuberosum L.
(Noureddine Benkeblia)pp.99-114

Chapter 7. Bioreactors to Induce Potato Multiplication
(Veli-Matti Rokka, Terttu Kämäräinen-Karppinen, Elina Virtanen and Anna Maria Pirttilä)pp.115-124

Chapter 8. Signal Transduction Mechanisms Involved in Potato Developmental Processes
(Rita M. Ulloa, Daniela A. Capiati and Verónica Giammaria)pp.125-146

Chapter 9. Sweet Potato: Health Benefits, Production and Utilization in China
(Peng-Gao Li and Tai-Hua Mu)pp.147-172

Chapter 10. Potential Health-Promoting Properties of Potato-Derived Proteins, Peptides and Phenolic Compounds
(Anne Pihlanto, Sari Mäkinen and Pirjo Mattila)pp.173-194

Chapter 11. Composition and Health Benefits of Potato Peel
(K.H. Sabeena Farvin, A. Surendraraj and Charlotte Jacobsen)pp.195-228

Chapter 12. Biological Properties of Potato Peptides
(Iuliana Popa)pp.229-234

Index pp.235-250

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