New Pineapple Resources Published at Pomology.org

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The Fruit Cultivation and Production Magazine Pomology.org has added the category Pineapple to its collection of crops. This section comprises resources to the third most consumed fruit worldwide with most canned and fresh pineapples originating from Southeast Asia.

Pomology is the science and technology of cultivating and producing fruits. Within this discipline, the Fruit Cultivation Magazine Pomology.org provides a wide range of resources related to temperate, subtropical and tropical fruits.

Worldwide commercial production of the tropical pineapple (Ananas comosus, Bromeliaceae) begun in Hawaii. Since then, pineapples have become the third most consumed fruit worldwide with most canned and fresh pineapples originating from Southeast Asia.

The Pineapple section is part of the Fruit Crop Category of Pomology.org and currently contains 52 resources providing information about the numerous aspects of production of pineapples including cultivation, pests and diseases, harvest, postharvest, storage and marketing. One of the most popular entries is a website on Pineapple available at Fruit-Crops.com. This page contains details on taxonomy, origin, history of cultivation, production, botanical description, culture, harvest, post-harvest handling, and contribution to diet. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) publishes a similar guide to "Pineapple Growing in the Florida Home Landscape". Another popular entry is a webpage on the social history of the pineapple published by Hoag Levins who is managing editor for digital publications at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Care Economics. The homepage of Indonesia's Great Giant Pineapple Company represents one of the largest producers of fresh and canned pineapple products worldwide. It's India counterpart is Pineapple India which is one of the India’s leading manufacturer and exporters of high-quality Processed Pineapple Products.

Other resources provide scientific information on pineapple including papers on "Herbicide-tolerant Transgenic Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Produced by Microprojectile Bombardment", "Physiological Studies of the Fruits of the Pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merr.) with special reference to physiological breakdown", and a paper on "Soluble Sugars as the Carbohydrate Reserve for CAM in Pineapple Leaves". The section also includes reference to the nutrition facts of pineapple. Pineapples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Copper, and very rich in Vitamin C and Manganese.

Pomology.org was launched in 1996 and has emerged as a comprehensive aggregator of websites and science references in the applied life science pomology. The site is now under new management and has just been republished.

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