Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081021200

Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables

1st Edition

Authors: Umezuruike Opara
Paperback ISBN: 9780081021200
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 720
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Importance of fruit and vegetables in food systems
1. General introduction (FAV in food and nutrition security)
2. Global trade in fruit and vegetables
3. Global trends affecting quality management of fruit and vegetables
4. Postharvest losses and waste of fruit and vegetable

Part 2 Biochemical and physiological basis of fruit and vegetable quality
5. Growth and development
6. Maturity, ripening and senescence
7. Respiration, transpiration and weight loss
8. Pre-harvest factors affecting postharvest quality

Part 3 Industrial approaches to quality management
9. Approaches to quality management
10. Quality management systems

Part 4 Maturity and Quality Indicators
11. Maturity – Assessing readiness for harvest
12. Definition, perspectives and orientations of quality
13. Techniques and procedures for measuring quality

Part 5 Harvesting and Postharvest Handling
14. Harvesting and field preparation
15. Precooling techniques
16. Packhouse operations – sorting, grading and packing
17. Treatment of fruit and vegetables (ripening, pests, diseases and disorders)
18. Mechanical damage of fruit and vegetables

Part 6 Storage and Packaging Technologies
19. Refrigerated storage
20. Hyperbaric/Hypobaric storage
21. Controlled atmosphere storage
22. Logistics packaging (for bulk storage and transport)
23. Modified atmosphere packaging (for retail and consumer handling)

Part 7 Emerging Issues in Quality Management of Fruit and Vegetables
24.  Climate change and postharvest quality
25.  Nutrition-sensitive postharvest management
26.  Branding and marketing of fruit and vegetables
27.  Quality standards and food waste
28.  Next generation postharvest technologies for quality management (the ro


Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables covers the application of proven and novel industrial approaches to quality management of fresh produce that have become common practice among local and global fresh produce chains while also covering the latest postharvest technologies for maintaining quality and safety. In addition, it addresses the impacts of emerging global challenges, such as climate change, the role of fruit and vegetables on nutrition security, and the development of future postharvest technologies to maintain quality and safety. Both academics and post-graduate students studying fresh produce supply chains and industry professionals will find this book extremely useful.

Split into three broad themes, the book brings to light the latest developments on the biochemical and physiological basis for the quality of fruit and vegetables, the industrial approaches to quality management of fruit and vegetables, and the latest advances in postharvest technologies for controlling and maintaining quality.

Key Features

  • Covers the biochemical and physiological basis for quality of fruit and vegetables
  • Highlights industrial approaches to quality management of fruit and vegetables
  • Provides information on advances in postharvest technologies for controlling and maintaining quality


Professionals working in food production (postharvest physiologists, packinghouse operators, co-operative auctions, refrigeration technologists); academics/post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students studying fresh produce supply chains and technology


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About the Authors

Umezuruike Opara Author

Professor Opara serves on the advisory board of international organisations such as the Horticulture Innovation Lab of the Feed the Future Programme in the USA. He is the honorary vice president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) and honorary chair of the CIGR Section VI: Postharvest Technology and Agro-Processing. He also chairs the International Society for Horticultural Science's Vegetables Section (Roots, Tuber, Edible Bulbs, Brassica & Asparagus). He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology, and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and industry journals. He has given over 150 oral presentations at international conferences, including several invited keynotes addresses and served in expert panels related to food security, value addition and agricultural transformation. This member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) graduated in agricultural engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and holds a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology, Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa