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Postharvest Handling

A Systems Approach

Consideration of the interactions between decisions made at one point in the supply chain and its effects on the subsequent stages is the core concept of a systems approach. Postharvest Handling is unique in its application of this systems approach to the handling of fruits and vegetables, exploring multiple aspects of this important process through chapters written by experts from a variety of backgrounds.Newly updated and revised, this second edition includes coverage of the logistics of fresh produce from multiple perspectives, postharvest handing under varying weather conditions, quality control, changes in consumer eating habits and other factors key to successful postharvest handling.The ideal book for understanding the economic as well as physical impacts of postharvest handling decisions.

Postharvest physiologists or technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, food sciences, and horticulture along with handlers of fresh or minimally processed products within the fresh produce processing industries will find this to be an invaluable resource.

Hardbound, 640 Pages

Published: January 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374112-7


  • Chapter 1

    Postharvest Handling - A Discipline that Connects Commercial, Social, Natural and Scientific Systems

    Nigel H. Banks

    Chapter 2

    Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    Robert L. Shewfelt and Stanley E. Prussia

    Chapter 3

    Consumer Eating Habits and Perceptions of Fresh Produce Quality

    Wendy V. Wismer

    Chapter 4

    Testing and Measuring Consumer Acceptance

    Bernhard Brueckner

    Chapter 5

    Nutritional Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

    Ariel R. Vicente, George A. Manganaris, Gabriel O. Sozzi, and Carlos H. Crisosto

    Chapter 6

    Value Chain Management and Postharvest Handling: Partners in Competitiveness

    Raymond J. Collins

    Chapter 7

    A Functional Evaluation of Business Models in Fresh Produce in the United States

    Michael A. Gunderson, Allen F. Wysocki, and James A. Sterns

    Chapter 8

    Quality Management: An Industrial Approach to Produce Handling

    Umezuruike Linus Opara

    Chapter 9

    Post-harvest Regulation and Quality Standards on Fresh Produce

    Kerry B. Walsh

    Chapter 10

    Fresh-Cut Produce Quality: Implications for a Systems Approach

    Silvana Nicola, Giorgio Tibaldi and Emanuela Fontana

    Chapter 11

    Logistics and Postharvest Handling of Locally Grown Produce

    Remigio Berruto and Patrizia Busato

    Chapter 12

    Traceability in Postharvest Systems

    A. Frank Bollen

    Chapter 13

    Microbial Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce

    Shlomo Sela and Elazar Fallik

    Chapter 14

    Sorting for Defects and Visual Quality Attributes

    A. Frank Bollen and Stanley E. Prussia

    Chapter 15

    Nondestructive evaluation: detection of external and internal attributes frequently associated with quality and damage

    Bart M. Nicolaï, Inge Bulens, Josse De Baerdemaeker, Bart De Ketelaere, Maarten L.A.T.M. Hertog, Pieter Verboven, and Jeroen Lammertyn

    Chapter 16

    Stress Physiology and Latent Damage

    Susan Lurie

    Chapter 17

    Measuring Quality and Maturity

    Robert L. Shewfelt

    Chapter 18

    Modeling Quality Attributes and Quality Related Product Properties

    L.M.M. Tijskens and R.E. Schouten

    Chapter 19

    Refrigeration of Fresh Produce from Field to Home: Refrigeration Systems and Logistics

    Gabriel Ezeike and Yen-Con Hung

    Chapter 20

    Postharvest Handling Under Extreme Weather Conditions

    Jorge M. Fonseca

    Chapter 21

    Advanced Technologies and Integrated Approaches to Investigate Molecular Basis of Fresh Produce Quality

    Pietro Tonutti and Claudio Bonghi

    Chapter 22

    Challenges in Postharvest Handling

    W.J. Florkowski, R. Shewfelt, and B. Brückner


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