Postharvest Biology and Technology of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers

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An increased understanding of the developmental physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology during early growth, maturation, ripening, and postharvest conditions has improved technologies to maintain the shelf life and quality of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Postharvest Biology and Technology of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers provides a comprehensive introduction to this subject, offering a firm grounding in the basic science and branching out into the technology and practical applications. An authoritative resource on the science and technology of the postharvest sector, this book surveys the body of knowledge with an emphasis on the recent advances in the field.
 

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Very informative regarding postharvest physiology of horticultural crops. References are up to date.

Contents

1 Postharvest Biology and Technology An International Perspective
1
2 Common Fruits Vegetables Flowers and Their Quality Characteristics
8
3 Biochemistry of Fruits
19
4 Biochemistry of Flower Senescence
51
5 Programmed Cell Death during Plant Senescence
86
6 Ethylene Perception and Gene Expression
125
7 Enhancing Postharvest Shelf Life and Quality in Horticultural Commodities Using 1MCP Technology
139
8 Structural Deterioration of the Produce The Breakdown of Cell Wall Components
162
13 Isoprenoid Biosynthesis in Fruits and Vegetables
282
14 Postharvest Treatments Affecting Sensory Quality of Fresh and FreshCut Products
301
15 Polyamines and Regulation of Ripening and Senescence
319
16 Postharvest Enhancement of Phenolic Phytochemicals in Apples for Preservation and Health Benefits
341
17 Rhizosphere Microorganisms and Their Effect on Fruit Quality
360
18 Biotechnological Approaches to Enhancing Tropical Fruit Quality
373
19 Postharvest Factors Affecting Potato Quality and Storability
392
20 BiosensorBased Technologies for the Evaluation of Quality
418

9 Structural Deterioration in Produce Phospholipase D Membrane Deterioration and Senescence
195
10 Phospholipase D Inhibition Technology for Enhancing Shelf Life and Quality
240
11 Heat Treatment for Enhancing Postharvest Quality
246
12 The Role of Polyphenols in Quality Postharvest Handling and Processing of Fruits
260
21 Changes in Nutritional Quality of Fruits and Vegetables During Storage
443
Index
467
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Gopinadhan Paliyath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.

Dennis P. Murr is a Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.

Avtar K. Handa is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Purdue University.

Susan Lurie is a Professor for the Agricultural Research Organization at The Volcani Center, Israel.

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