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Postharvest Handling

A Systems Approach

Postharvest Handling, Third Edition takes a global perspective in offering a system of measuring, monitoring, and managing produce processing to improve food quality, minimize food waste, reduce risks and uncertainties, and maximize time and resources. This unique resource provides an overview of the postharvest system and its role in the food value chain, and offers essential tools to monitor and control the handling process. It shows how to predict and combat unexpected events (e.g., spoilage), and manage the food quality and safety within a facility. Proven research methods and applications from various viewpoints are available to help you maintain high-quality produce and achieve the highest yields possible. The book also explores current challenges-including oversupply, waste, food safety, lack of resources, sustainability-and best practices for production to thrive in spite of these challenges.

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, 592 Pages

Published: April 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-408137-6


  • Chapter 1Postharvest Handling - A Discipline that Connects Commercial, Social, Natural and Scientific SystemsNigel H. BanksChapter 2Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and VegetablesRobert L. Shewfelt and Stanley E. PrussiaChapter 3Consumer Eating Habits and Perceptions of Fresh Produce QualityWendy V. WismerChapter 4Testing and Measuring Consumer AcceptanceBernhard BruecknerChapter 5Nutritional Quality of Fruits and VegetablesAriel R. Vicente, George A. Manganaris, Gabriel O. Sozzi, and Carlos H. CrisostoChapter 6Value Chain Management and Postharvest Handling: Partners in CompetitivenessRaymond J. CollinsChapter 7A Functional Evaluation of Business Models in Fresh Produce in the United States Michael A. Gunderson, Allen F. Wysocki, and James A. SternsChapter 8Quality Management: An Industrial Approach to Produce HandlingUmezuruike Linus OparaChapter 9Post-harvest Regulation and Quality Standards on Fresh ProduceKerry B. WalshChapter 10Fresh-Cut Produce Quality: Implications for a Systems ApproachSilvana Nicola, Giorgio Tibaldi and Emanuela FontanaChapter 11Logistics and Postharvest Handling of Locally Grown ProduceRemigio Berruto and Patrizia BusatoChapter 12Traceability in Postharvest SystemsA. Frank BollenChapter 13Microbial Quality and Safety of Fresh ProduceShlomo Sela and Elazar FallikChapter 14Sorting for Defects and Visual Quality Attributes A. Frank Bollen and Stanley E. PrussiaChapter 15Nondestructive evaluation: detection of external and internal attributes frequently associated with quality and damageBart M. Nicolaï, Inge Bulens, Josse De Baerdemaeker, Bart De Ketelaere, Maarten L.A.T.M. Hertog, Pieter Verboven, and Jeroen LammertynChapter 16Stress Physiology and Latent DamageSusan LurieChapter 17Measuring Quality and MaturityRobert L. ShewfeltChapter 18Modeling Quality Attributes and Quality Related Product PropertiesL.M.M. Tijskens and R.E. SchoutenChapter 19Refrigeration of Fresh Produce from Field to Home: Refrigeration Systems and LogisticsGabriel Ezeike and Yen-Con HungChapter 20Postharvest Handling Under Extreme Weather ConditionsJorge M. FonsecaChapter 21Advanced Technologies and Integrated Approaches to Investigate Molecular Basis of Fresh Produce Quality Pietro Tonutti and Claudio BonghiChapter 22Challenges in Postharvest HandlingW.J. Florkowski, R. Shewfelt, and B. Brückner


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