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FRUIT AND VEGETABLE QUALITY An Integrated View.

Edited by Robert L Shewfelt, Bernhard Bruckner

Published 2000. Hardback. 330 pages. Price: [pound]93.00

(USA: Technomic Publishing Company Inc)

In May 1997, more than fifty scientists from fifteen countries met in Potsdam, Germany, to discuss the development of a more integrated view of fruit and vegetable quality. The purpose of the conference was to bring together leading scientists from different disciplines, expose them to different perspectives and develop a framework for future integration.

"Fruit and Vegetable Quality" represents the vision that emerged from that conference and provides concise descriptions of important issues facing postharvest handlers, roadmaps to the literature in specific fields, assessments of current knowledge and research needs, and specific examples of product-based research. This book provides a guide to the developments in integrating projects on fruit and vegetable quality and a range of options to achieve desired effects of better co-ordination of research across scientific disciplines and to improve postharvest handling to enhance fruit and vegetable quality.

Section 1 introduces the aspects of fruits and vegetables that have captivated the attention of consumers and the press around the world. Section II provides an appreciation of cultural, environmental, handling and storage techniques that are available to handlers and distributors today. Section III provides a perspective on fruit and vegetable quality, bringing in the consumer who is the ultimate judge of quality. Section IV includes four perspectives on how studies have been integrated across disciplines in the past, with a concluding chapter that attempts to make projections into the future to provide a basis for a more integrated approach to fruit and vegetable quality.

Chapter titles: Food Supply Chains: From Productivity Toward Quality; Quality and Breeding - Cultivars, Genetic Engineering; Consumer Preferences and Breeding Goals; Effects on the Quality of Stored Apple Fruit; Environmental Effects on Product Quality; Postharvest Handling and Storage of Vegetables; Acceptability; Fruit and Vegetable Quality; Consumer Preference; Instrumental Data - Consumer Acceptance; House of Quality An Integrated View of Fruit and Vegetable Quality; Economics of Quality; Integrated Quality Management Applied to the Processed-Vegetables Industry, Methods and Examples of Integration; Integrating Problem-Orientated - Research; A More Integrated View; Followed by a Subject Index.
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