Benefiting From The Potential Of Underutilized Fruit
In the South, South-East and East Asian region a rich diversity of tropical fruits plays an important role in people’s livelihoods and provides for a broad range of livelihood support including household income, food, employment, traditional medicine, timber, and livestock fodder and also plays a role in the stability of eco-systems.
It has been anticipated that 25% of minimal processed fruits will be marketed in the coming years. In the tropical fruit industry, minimal processing is becoming increasingly popularly, as consumer lifestyle and trends move towards convenience and quality foods. Minimal processing offers several benefits to the consumers as it reduces preparation time, provide uniformity and consistency in quality of the ready to eat products.
Gamboge (GD) and transparent flesh disorders (TFD) in mangosteen. What causes them?
Mangosteen is primarily consumed as a fresh fruit. The fruit is common delicacy and often referred to as the “Queen of Fruit” in Southeast Asia. Thailand is the world’s largest producer of mangosteen, producing approximately 240,000 metric tons (MT) annually, with exports recorded at 15,000 MT in 2006. Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia are also major producers. Recent production in Central America is being exported into Europe.
Erwinia Papayae is the Causal Organism for Papaya Dieback Symptoms
Bacterial Crown Rot disease (Erwinia papayae) is known to be present in Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Indonesia and Malaysia. The first report of this disease in S.E. Asia was in Java in (von Rant, 1931). E. papayae was also reported as causing bacterial canker of papaya in the Caribbean by Gardan et al. (2004). Maktar et.al (2008) confirmed that E. papayae is responsible for the papaya dieback symptoms occurred in Malaysia.
Atlas Moth Can Be Very Destructive To Some Fruits Crops
Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of India and Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay Archipelago. They are very common in Malaysia, especially in November-January, although they are found throughout the year. It is the largest moth in the world in terms of total wing surface area...