Submitted to: Research Advances in Sustainable Microirrigation: Sustainable Practices in Surface and Subsurface Microirrigation
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/13/2013
Publication Date: 12/8/2014
Citation: Goenaga, R. 2014. Micro irrigation of tropical fruit crops. 2014. In: Goyal, M. R., editor. Research Advances in Sustainable Microirrigation: Sustainable Practices in Surface and Subsurface Microirrigation. Waretown, New Jersey: Apple Academic Press. p. 239-318.
Technical Abstract: In most tropical regions, tropical fruits are grown either in wet-and-dry climates characterized by erratic rainfall patterns and prolonged dry periods or in fertile but semiarid lands under irrigation. Little is known about water requirements of tropical crops grown in the tropics. This book chapter summarizes drip irrigation research conducted with banana, plantain, papaya, and tanier. Data on how yield, fruit size, and other plant traits are affected by various levels of irrigation are presented as well as recommendations on optimum water requirements for these crops grown on an Oxisol, Ultisol or Mollisoil soils. Irrigation recommendations presented herein are highly transferable and may be used by Extension Specialists and growers.