Momordica genus in Asia - An Overview
Asiatic Momordica comprises 10 species of which 3 are monoecious and rest dioecious. They are unique in the sense that all are wild or cultivated vegetables with medicinal uses. Barring bitter gourd, all are under utilized vegetables with little research and conservation efforts. In this book, the authors have presented the available information on various aspects of Asiatic Momordica like taxonomy, cytogenetics, crop improvement, origin, ethnobotany and crop production at one place.
The book is well illustrated with color maps and photographs depicting habit, morphology and distribution of individual taxa. Species distribution map for all Indian taxa, descriptor for characterization and preliminary evaluation of dioecious and monoecious group available varieties, keys for botanical identification are some of the unique features of the book. The book will be useful to botanists, horticulturists, foresters, environment educators, conservation biologists, plant science students in general and all interested in agrobiodiversity.
Distribution maps of Momordica spp. are prepared based on the revision of the genus, corrected herbarium specimen, and field studies These maps would enhance the knowledge base and provide improved access to the exact sites Species are identified and described based on extensive field and laboratory research on crossability, morphology, and DNA analysis The most recent genetic resources and breeding techniques are described in the book