Comprehensive book on growing peaches

By Diane Palmer

Image depicts cover of the book.A comprehensive book for commercial peach growers or anyone who has an interest in growing peaches is now available.

Titled The Peach: Botany, Production and Uses, the 615-page book includes contributions from 40 experts from nine countries. It was edited by Desmond Layne, Clemson Extension fruit specialist, and Daniele Bassi, University of Milan, Italy.

The text addresses botany, taxonomy, genetics, propagation, planting systems, crop and pest management, and postharvest physiology. It also contains a chapter on the history and cultivation of the peach in China going back to 1100 B.C. and 300 color pages. The book can be ordered online through Oxford University Press or

For information: Desmond Layne, 864-656-4961,