Table of Contents

Contents; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 Genesis and Development; 3 Plant Structure and Ecophysiology; 4 Latex Production, Diagnosis and Harvest; 5 Genetics and Breeding; 6 Biotechnology and Molecular Biology; 7 Soil Tillage, Crop Establishment and Nutrition; 8 Constraints - Environmental and Biological; 9 Ancillary Income Generation; 10 Hevea and Clean Development Management; Glossary; References; Index Rubber is an economically important material that occurs naturally and can be produced synthetically. Many advances have been made in the understanding of the cultivation and biology of the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, and this book covers the essential elements of rubber breeding and physiology to provide a guide for cultivators and researchers of this vital crop. It provides an in-depth analysis of plant structure and crop physiology, climatic requirements, latex production, genetics and breeding, biotechnology, molecular biology, soil tillage and crop establishment, nutrition, weed control, processing and quality. This title is suitable for practitioners and researchers in rubber production and its uses.