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Title: Pejibaye palm (Bactris gasipaes, Arecaceae): Multi-use potential for the lowland humid tropics
Authors: Clement, Charles Roland
UrpÍ, Jorge E.Mora
Issue Date: 1987
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Economic Botany
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 41, Número 2, Pags. 302-311
Abstract: Pejibaye (Bactris gasipaes) was domesticated and widely used in the lowland humid neotropics during pre-Colombian times. Several research programs are underway to study and improve the species for use by farmers in ecologically suitable regions. Five breeding programs are outlined, each for a use to which the pejibaye may be put: (1) palmito (heart of palm), (2) whole fruit for human consumption, (3) flour and meal production, (4) oil production, and (5) animal ration from residues or purposefully bred varieties. Yield estimates and breeding problems are discussed. It is certain that the pejibaye can again become an important crop for the humid tropics. © 1987 The New York Botanical Garden.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/BF02858977
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