Description

Tropical and subtropical fruits are popular products, but are often highly perishable and need to be transported long distances for sale. The four volumes of Postharvest biology and technology of tropical fruits review essential aspects of postharvest biology, postharvest technologies, handling and processing technologies for both well-known and lesser-known fruits. Volume 1 contains chapters on general topics and issues, while Volumes 2, 3 and 4 contain chapters focused on individual fruits, organised alphabetically.

Volume 1 provides an overview of key factors associated with the postharvest quality of tropical and subtropical fruits. Two introductory chapters cover the economic importance of these crops and their nutritional benefits. Chapters reviewing the postharvest biology of tropical and subtropical fruits and the impact of preharvest conditions, harvest circumstances and postharvest technologies on quality follow. Further authors review microbiological safety, the control of decay and quarantine pests and the role of biotechnology in the improvement of produce of this type. Two chapters on the processing of tropical and subtropical fruit complete the volume.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Volume 1 of Postharvest biology and technology of tropical and subtropical fruits, along with the other volumes in the collection, will be an essential reference both for professionals involved in the postharvest handling and processing of tropical and subtropical fruits and for academics and researchers working in the area.

Key Features

  • Along with the other volumes in the collection, Volume 1 is an essential reference for professionals involved in the postharvest handling and processing of tropical and subtropical fruits and for academics and researchers working in the area
  • Focuses on fundamental issues of fruit physiology, quality, safety and handling relevant to all those in the tropical and subtropical fruits supply chain
  • Chapters include nutritional and health benefits, preharvest factors, food safety, and biotechnology and molecular biology

Readership

Professionals involved in the postharvest handling and processing of tropical and subtropical fruits and for academics and researchers working in the area.

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details

Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition

Dr Adel Kader

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Economic importance of tropical and subtropical fruits

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 World fruit production and contribution to gross domestic product (GDP)

1.3 Global consumption of tropical and subtropical fruits

1.4 International trade in tropical and subtropical fruit

1.5 Price of tropical and subtropical fruit

1.6 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Nutritional and health-promoting properties of tropical and subtropical fruits

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Consumption

2.3 Health components of tropical and subtropical fruits

2.4 Bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity

2.5 Overview of health effects of some tropical and subtropical fruits

2.6 Preharvest factors affecting accumulation of nutritional and health components

2.7 Postharvest factors affecting nutritional and health components

2.8 Enhancement of nutritional and health components in tropical and subtropical fruits

2.9 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Postharvest biology of tropical and subtropical fruits

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Diversity in fruit characteristics

3.3 Maturation and ripening

3.4 Quality attributes

3.5 Biological factors affecting deterioration

3.6 Environmental factors affecting deterioration

3.7 Pathological disorders and insect infestation

3.8 Biotechnological approaches for improving quality andpostharvest life

3.9 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Preharvest and harvest factors infl uencing the postharvest quality of tropical and subtropical fruits

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Genetic factors

4.3 Environmental factors

4.4 Physico-chemical factors

Details

No. of pages:
534
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781845697334
Electronic ISBN:
9780857093622

Reviews

It is fair to say that this milestone publication could not have come at a better time., Food and Beverage Reporter