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Postharvest -- an Introduction to the Physiology and Handling of Fruit and Vegetables.

Postharvest - an Introduction to the Physiology and Handling of Fruit and Vegetables

by R B H Wills, W B Mc Glasson, D Graham, T H Lee and E G Hall. The first edition was published only in 1981 but since then there has been a greater appreciation of the importance of correct handling and storage of fresh fruit and vegetables. Like all successive editions, the text has been fully revised and the reading lists at the ends of the chapters have been extended to take account of new references.

Originally the authors were asked to arrange a short international training course on this subject area and, although that was only in 1977, this first edition was the outcome of that event. The authors have all been involved in scientific work and teaching in Australia.

To ensure that fresh fruit and vegetables get to the purchaser in prime condition, it is necessary to understand the materials being handled. Here the authors set out for the reader the facts regarding their structure and composition, their physiology and biochemistry, storage temperature requirements, humidity requirements, the use of controlled atmospheres, typical diseases and quality assessment. They also discuss the design and operation of cool stores, but all this you will note from the chapter titles that run: Introduction; Structure and composition of fruit and vegetables; Physiology and biochemistry of fruit and vegetables; Effects of temperature; Effects of water loss and humidity; Storage atmosphere; Physiological disorders; Quality evaluation of fruit and vegetables; Pathology; Commodity treatments; Handling, packaging and distribution; and Technology of storage. The book concludes with a series of six appendices on abbreviations, botanical names, SI units, temperature and humidity measurement and gas analysis.
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Author:Binsted, Howard
Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Dec 1, 1989
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