Desert Olive Oil Cultivation - Advanced Bio Technologies

Zeev Wiesman 
Academic Press  May 2009  

Hardcover  416 pp  ISBN 9780123742575      £48.00
Due to the adverse stress conditions typical of olive cultivation in desert conditions, the olive tree is responding with production of high levels of antioxidant substances. Among these substances are polyphenols, tocopherols, and phytosterols. Studies have shown that saline irrigated varieties of olives have demonstrated advantages over those irrigated with tap water. This is just one of the aspects of desert cultivation of olives that is covered in Desert Olive Oil Advanced Biotechnologies. Based on 20 years of research, the book expounds on the appropriate selection of olive varieties with high productivity and oil quality, the impact of foliar nutrition on decreasing alternate bearing and increasing fruit quality, improving efficiency of mechanical harvesting, and increasing efficiency of oil extraction and oil quality regulating analysis.

Audience: Scientists and researchers exploring the expansion of agricultural development in arid and semi-arid environments as well as students interested in desert and saline cultivation, chemical analysis and biotechnological manipulation.


Part I: Introduction to Desert Olive Oil

  • The Current Status and Major Trends of the Olive Oil Industry
  • Why Olive and Desert?
  • Key Characteristics of Desert Environment
  • The History of Olive Oil Cultivation in the Desert

Part II: Biotechnologies and Olive Oil Cultivation

  • Environmental Friendly Desert Agro Biotechnologies
  • Biotechnologies for Intensive Olive Production in Desert Condition
  • Use of Desert Suitable Olive Oil Genetic Material
  • Olive Harvesting Biotechnologies
  • Oil Extraction and Processing Biotechnologies
  • Oil Mill Waste: Treatments and Products Biotechnologies
  • Olive Oil Quality Biotechnologies
  • Non-conventional use of olive oil industries: Products & Biotechnologies

Part III: Desert Olive Oil Branding

  • Conventional Desert Olive Oil Cultivation Test Case
  • Bio-organic Desert Olive Oil Cultivation Test Case
  • Economical Aspects of Desert Olive Oil Cultivation
  • Marketing Aspects of Desert Olive Oil Cultivation
  • Developing New Desert Olive Oil Brand Names

Part IV: Summary

  • Desert Olive Oil Prospects and concluding remarks

Appendix A: Literature Survey
Appendix B: Photos

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