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Multifunctional Agriculture by Roger Leakey

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Chapter 7

Potential for Novel Food Products From Agroforestry Trees

This chapter was previously published in Leakey, R.R.B., 1999. Food Chemistry, 64, 1–14, with permission of Elsevier

Abstract

The domestication of trees for agroforestry approaches to poverty alleviation and environmental rehabilitation in the tropics depends on the expansion of the market demand for their non-timber forest products. This paper reviews published data on the nutritive values of the flesh, kernels, and seed-oils of the 17 fruit tree species that have been identified, in four ecoregions of the tropics, by subsistence farmers as their top priorities for domestication.

In some species, genetic variation in nutritive value has been reported, but in most species there ...

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