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Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops.

Everyone is concerned with ensuring food gets from where it is harvested to where it is to be eaten in good condition. It is, therefore, surprising that even in the USA between 4 and 25 percent of all food harvested is lost each year due to spoilage or mechanical damage. Elsewhere in the world we have heard figures as high as 50 percent mentioned for some crops.

This text has been designed to act as a guide to implementing the most effective measures to prevent damage and spoilage of farm produce on the way to market.

The first edition was so successful that it was reprinted three times inside five years from the date of publication. This second edition provides further information on postharvest handling systems and three new chapters have been added.

In this A4 size soft cover publication there are no fewer than 33 chapter headings which describe the scope of the text very well. They run: Sources of information related to postharvest biology and technology; The dynamic US fresh produce industry -- an overview; Maturation and maturity indices; Harvesting systems; Preparation for fresh market; Package for horticultural crops; Cooling horticultural commodities; Storage systems; Psychrometrics and perishable commodities; Modified atmospheres during transport and storage; Methods of gas mixing, sampling and analysis; Ethylene in postharvest technology; Principles of disease suppression by handling practices; Postharvest diseases of selected commodities; Postharvest treatments for insect control; Transportation of fresh market horticultural crops; Handling of horticultural crops at destination markets; Energy use in postharvest technology procedures; Quality and safety factors - definition and evaluation for fresh horticultural crops; Standardization and inspection of fresh fruits and vegetables; Postharvest handling systems -- ornamental crops; Postharvest systems -- fresh herbs; Postharvest handling systems -- temperate zone tree fruits; Postharvest handling -- small fruits; Postharvest handling systems -- subtropical fruits; Postharvest handling systems -- Tropical fruits; Postharvest handling systems -- tree nuts; Postharvest handling systems -- fruit vegetables; Postharvest handling systems -- flower, leafy and stem vegetables; Postharvest handling systems -- underground vegetables; Postharvest handling systems -- minimally processed fruits and vegetables; and The extension link -- getting the message across.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Feb 1, 1993
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