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Preharvest Modulation of Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Quality - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128098073, 9780128098080

Preharvest Modulation of Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Quality

1st Edition

Editor: Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui
Paperback ISBN: 9780128098073
eBook ISBN: 9780128098080
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th July 2017
Page Count: 498
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Preharvest Modulation of Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Quality is the first book to focus on the potential yield quality, quantity and safety benefits of intervention during growth. Of the many factors responsible for overall quality of produce, about 70 percent comes from pre-harvest conditions. Written by an international team of experts, this book presents the key opportunities and challenges of pre-harvest interventions. From selecting the most appropriate growing scenario, to treating plants during the maturation process, to evaluating for quality factors to determine appropriate interventions, this book provides an integrated look at maximizing crop yield through preventative means.

In fact, with the very best of postharvest knowledge and technologies available, the best that can be achieved is a reduction in the rate at which products deteriorate as they progress through their normal developmental pattern of maturation, ripening and senescence. Therefore, it is very important to understand what pre-harvest factors influence the many important harvest quality attributes that affect the rate of postharvest deterioration and, subsequently, the consumers’ decision to purchase the product in the marketplace.

Key Features

  • Presents the important pre-harvest factors that influence harvest quality
  • Includes up-to-date information on pre-harvest factors that modulate post-harvest biology
  • Identifies potential methodologies and technologies to enhance pre-harvest interventions


Researchers and producers seeking effective, efficient methods of ensuring product quality retention as well as safety prior to harvest

Table of Contents

1. Postharvest quality of fruits and vegetables: an overview
2. Fruit maturity, harvesting and quality standards
3. Effect of elicitors on the nutritional and sensorial quality of fruits and vegetables
4. Sensors for quality assessment for fruits and vegetables
5. Fruit maturity: a determining factor for postharvest quality
6. Fruit cuticle: importance in postharvest quality
7. Influence of preharvest photo-selective shade nettings on postharvest quality of vegetates
8. Genotypic/varietal factor determining postharvest quality
9. Role of macro and micro nutrients influencing postharvest quality
10. Pre and Postharvest treatments affecting sensory and aroma of fresh and fresh cut products
11. Water management influencing postharvest quality of fruits and vegetables
12. Root-stocks for improved postharvest quality of fruits: Recent advances
13. Pre-harvest fruit bagging for improved postharvest quality
14. Pre-harvest sprays affecting shelf life and storage potential of fruits
15. Training and pruning for improved postharvest quality of fruits
16. Role of LED for improved postharvest quality of fruits and vegetables
17. Alleviation of chilling injury in fruits using pre-harvest treatments
18. Pre-harvest sprays controlling postharvest diseases
19. Pre-harvest approaches to control insect infestation in fruits and vegetables
20. Fruits cracking: importance, causes, and remedies
21. Genetic engineering to improve shelf and related postharvest traits in fruits and vegetables
22. Advances in harvesting aids of fruits and vegetables
23. Weather variables affecting postharvest quality fruits and vegetables


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About the Editor

Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui

Dr. Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor and Scientist in the Department of Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India and author or co-author of 30 peer reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, and 18 conference papers. He has five books (four edited and one authored) books to his credit published by CRC Press, USA, Springer, USA, & Apple Academic Press, USA. Dr. Siddiqui has established an international peer reviewed journal, the “Journal of Postharvest Technology.” He has been serving as an editorial board member of several journals.

Recently, Dr Siddiqui was conferred the Young Achiever Award 2014 for the outstanding research work by the Society for Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA), Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India. He is an Honorary Board Member of the SADHNA, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India. He has been an active member of the organising committees of several national and international seminars/conferences/summits.

Dr. Siddiqui acquired his B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, India. He received M. Sc. (Horticulture) and Ph. D. (Horticulture) degrees from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, India with a specialization in the Postharvest Technology. He was awarded Maulana Azad National Fellowship Award from the University Grants Commission, New-Delhi, India. He is a member of the "Core Research Group" at the Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), providing appropriate direction and assisting to sensitize priority of the research. He has received several grants from various funding agencies to carry out his research projects. Dr. Siddiqui has been associated with postharvest technology and processing aspects of horticultural crops. He is dynamically indulged in teaching (graduate and doctorate students) and research, and he has proven himself as an active scientist in the area of Postharvest Technology. Dr. Siddiqui is an established researcher, academic, and editor in the area of postharvest biotechnology of fruits and vegetables. He is an author or co-author of >50 research articles, >40 book chapters, and several conference papers. He has >20 books to his credit published by Elsevier, USA, CRC Press, USA, Springer, USA, & Apple Academic Press, USA. He also established two book series namely “Postharvest Biology & Technology” and “Innovations in Horticultural Sciences.” Along with being an AMBASSADOR of World Food Preservation Center, USA, Dr Siddiqui has received >15 awards and fellowships in recognition of research and teaching achievements from national and international organizations. He is the founding Chief Editor of “Journal of Postharvest Technology.”

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor and Scientist, Department of Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India

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