Postharvest Handling

Postharvest Handling

A Systems Approach

1st Edition - December 2, 1992

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  • Editors: Robert Shewfelt, Stanley Prussia
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925769

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Postharvest Handling: A Systems Approach introduces a new concept in the handling of fresh fruits and vegetable. Traditional treatments have been either physiologically based with an emphasis on biological tissue or technologically based with an emphasis on storage and handling. This book integrates all processes from production practices through consumer consumption with an emphasis on understanding market forces and providing fresh product that meets consumer expectations. Postharvest physiologists and technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, food science and horticulture along with handlers of minially-processed products within the fresh produce fruit and vegetable processing industries will find this to be an invaluable source of information.

Key Features

  • Uses a systems approach that provides a unique perspective on the handling of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Designed with the applied perspective to complement the more basic perspectives provided in other treatments
  • Provides the integrated, interdisciplinary perspective needed in research to improve the quality of fresh and minimally processed products
  • Emphasizes that the design of handling systems should be market-driven rather than concentrating on narrow specifics


Postharvest physiologists or technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural endgineering, food sciences, and horticultural along with handlers of fresh or minimaly processed products within the fresh produce processing industries will find this to be an invaluable source of information

Table of Contents

  • R.B. How, The Marketing System for Fresh Produce in the U.S. R.L. Shewfelt and S.E. Prussia, Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. S.E. Prussia and R.L. Shewfelt, A Systems Approach to Postharvest Handling. R.B. Beverly, J.G. Latimer, And D.A. Smittle, Preharvest Physiological and Cultural Effects on Postharvest Quality. R.L. Shewfelt, Measuring Quality and Maturity. R.E. Brackett, Measuring Microbial Quality. S.M. Fletcher, A.V.A Resurreccion and S.K. Misra, Measuring and Modeling Consumer Acceptance. C.N. Thai, Modeling Quality Characteristics. F. Bollen, S.E. Prussia, And A. Lidror, Visual Inspection and Sorting: Finding Poor Quality Before the Consumer. Y.-C. Hung, Latent Damage: A Systems Perspective. W. Tollner, J.K. Brecht, And B.L. Upchurch, Non-Destructive Evaluation: Detection of External and Internal Attributes Frequently Associated with Quality or Damage. R.L. Shewfelt, Stress Physiology: A Cellular Approach to Quality. A. Lidror and S.E. Prussia, Quality Managaement: An Industrial Approach to Produce Handling. S.M. Fletcher, Produce Marketing: New Techniques at the Supermarket. R.E. Brackett, D.M. Smallwood, S.M. Fletcher, And D.L. Horton, Food Safety: Critical Points Within the Production and Distribution System. S.M. Fletcher, Interdisciplinary Solutions to Postharvest System Challenges.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: December 2, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925769

About the Editors

Robert Shewfelt

Robert L Shewfelt is Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia. He advises more than 50 students and has taught 11 different courses in the past two years ranging from Freshman Seminars in Chocolate Science and Coffee Technology to graduate-level courses in Food Research & the Scientific Method. Dr. Shewfelt was also the 2006 recipient of the Cruess Award for Excellence in Teaching of IFT. He co-edited “Postharvest Handling: A Systems Approach” (3rd edition)

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Stanley Prussia

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Griffin, USA

About the Series Editor

Steve Taylor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA

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