Evaporative Coolers for the Postharvest Management of Fruits and Vegetables

Evaporative Coolers for the Postharvest Management of Fruits and Vegetables

1st Edition - December 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Charles Adetunji, Daniel Hefft, Duncan Mbuge, TS Workneh
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898645

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Evaporative Coolers for the Postharvest Management of Fruits and Vegetables covers world demand for food of high quality without chemical preservatives and with extended shelf life. The book provides the practical application of evaporative coolers, with a strong focus on postharvest management and fruit/vegetable science as high moisture foods are highly perishable. Special emphasis is laid on the impact of the evaporative coolant structure on the nutritional and food safety content of fresh produce. Moreover, the book covers the effect of evaporative coolant structure towards the reduction of spoilage microorganisms responsible for the spoilage of post-harvest losses of various fruits and vegetables. Edited by a team of specialists, this title also helps people dealing with microbiology understand how this simple technology can help improve product quality for communities that currently lack access to cooling or have unreliable power supplies.

Key Features

  • Thoroughly explores shelf-life extensions that can be achieved when applying evaporative cooling
  • Covers postharvest management through evaporative cooling
  • Brings food and consumer science aspects from evaporative cooled fruits and vegetables
  • Presents information on the interaction of edible coatings towards the extension of climacteric and non-climacteric fruits


Food science and agricultural community, Agronomists, Horticulturists, Engineers, Material/ Packaging Scientists, Retail specialists

Table of Contents

  • THEME 1: Fruit, Vegetables and Shelf Life and Health
    1. Key contributors to postharvest losses and the scale of the problem
    2. Geographical and climatic limitations for the implementation of evaporative coolers for the storage of postharvest produce 
    3. Influence of Evaporative coolant structure on the post-harvest attributes of Climacteric fruits
    4. Influence of Evaporative coolant structure on post-harvest attributes on non-climacteric fruits
    5. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure towards the reduction of ripening stages in fruits and vegetable
    6. Advances in Evaporative Cooling Applications in Fruit and Vegetables Short Term Cooling at Postharvest Stage
    7. Health benefits such as nutraceutical and functional benefits derived from fruits and vegetable stored using Evaporative coolant structure
    8. Application of edible coatings in Porous Evaporative Cooling
    9. Edible coating materials and health implications after storage in evaporative coolant structure
    10. Post-harvest management of Aflatoxin in Fruits and vegetables
    11. Synergetic effect of edible coatings from natural materials on the shelf-life extension of fruits and vegetables
    12. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure on chemical, bio-chemical and physiological changes of fruits and vegetables
    13. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure on the sensory attributes and consumers acceptability of fruits and vegetables
    14. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure in reducing spoilage Microorganisms
    15. Extensive farmers’ awareness on edible coatings and other dissemination measures; and public awareness and other dissemination measures
    16. The Effect of Evaporative coolant structure on Ornamental Plants
    17. The Effect of Evaporative coolant structure on Tropical and Subtropical Fruit and Nuts
    18. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure as a storage technique for preservation of fresh produce/horticulture for Human Health
    19. Effect of Evaporative coolant structure for Roots and Tubers
    20. Case study on a community relying on evaporative cooling

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: December 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898645

About the Editors

Charles Adetunji

Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji is an Ag. Director of Intellectual Properties and Technology Transfer as well as an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Edo State University Uzairue, Edo State, Nigeria, where he utilized the application of biological techniques and microbial bioprocesses for the actualization of sustainable development goals. He has won numerous scientific awards and grants from renowned academic bodies, has filled several scientific patents on Bioherbicides, Biopesticides, nanobiosurfactants, and nanobiopesticdes, and has published over 270 scientific journals and conference proceedings in both national and international journals. His broad research interests cover topics relating to food security, agriculture and environmental sustainability, including microbiology, biotechnology, post-harvest management, and nanotechnology. Dr Adetunji is an editorial board member of many international journals serves as a reviewer to many double-blind peer review journals. In addition, he is a member of many scientific organisations and, over the last fifteen years, has built strong working collaborations with reputable research groups in numerous and leading Universities across the globe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, Edo State University Uzairue, Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria

Daniel Hefft

Daniel Ingo Hefft is a process engineer and Chartered Engineer (CEng) with more than 6 years of solid experience within the FMCG sector and research community. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Rheality Ltd, a university spin out based on a co-invention that enables live and in situ rheological measurements on a non-destructive basis. First clients include the world’s leading shampoo and conditioner manufacturer.

Affiliations and Expertise

Process Engineer and Chartered Engineer, Birmingham, UK

Duncan Mbuge

Duncan Onyango Mbuge holds a Ph.D. Environmental and Bio-systems Engineering, University of Nairobi. He is Chairman of the Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering. He is also a Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering (March 2012 – Present) - Lecturing and Research in Power and Machinery, Process and Food Engineering, Materials Science, Environmental management and conservation in construction, Renewable Energy, Infrastructure Engineering including greenhouse design, Construction materials and workshop techniques.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chairman and Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, Nairobi, Kenya

TS Workneh

TS Workneh is an Associate Professor at the Agricultural Engineering Discipline. He has graduated with B.Sc. Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Department of Agricultural Engineering, Alemaya University, Ethiopia and holds a PhD, Food Science, Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology, The University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. He has a diverse range of research interests such as: Heat and Mass Transfer, Hybrid Drying Technology and Food Quality and Food Safety.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Engineering, Bioresources Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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