Postharvest Handling - A Systems Approach (2nd Edition)

Edited by Wojciech J. Florkowski, Stanley E. Prussia, Robert L. Shewfelt and Bernhard Brueckner 
Academic Press  January 2009  

Hardcover  640 pp  ISBN 9780123741127      £82.00
Consideration of the interactions between decisions made at one point in the supply chain and its effects on the subsequent stages is the core concept of a systems approach. Postharvest Handling is unique in its application of this systems approach to the handling of fruits and vegetables, exploring multiple aspects of this important process through chapters written by experts from a variety of backgrounds. Newly updated and revised, this second edition includes coverage of the logistics of fresh produce from multiple perspectives, postharvest handing under varying weather conditions, quality control, changes in consumer eating habits and other factors key to successful postharvest handling. The ideal book for understanding the economic as well as physical impacts of postharvest handling decisions.

Of interest to postharvest physiologists or technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, food sciences, and horticulture along with handlers of fresh or minimally processed products within the fresh produce processing industries will find this to be an invaluable resource.


Chapter 1 Postharvest Handling - A Discipline that Connects Commercial, Social, Natural and Scientific Systems
Nigel H. Banks

Chapter 2 Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Robert L. Shewfelt and Stanley E. Prussia

Chapter 3 Consumer Eating Habits and Perceptions of Fresh Produce Quality
Wendy V. Wismer

Chapter 4 Testing and Measuring Consumer Acceptance
Bernhard Brueckner

Chapter 5 Nutritional Quality of Fruits and Vegetables
Ariel R. Vicente, George A. Manganaris, Gabriel O. Sozzi, and Carlos H. Crisosto

Chapter 6 Value Chain Management and Postharvest Handling: Partners in Competitiveness
Raymond J. Collins

Chapter 7 A Functional Evaluation of Business Models in Fresh Produce in the United States
Michael A. Gunderson, Allen F. Wysocki, and James A. Sterns

Chapter 8 Quality Management: An Industrial Approach to Produce Handling
Umezuruike Linus Opara

Chapter 9 Post-harvest Regulation and Quality Standards on Fresh Produce
Kerry B. Walsh

Chapter 10 Fresh-Cut Produce Quality: Implications for a Systems Approach
Silvana Nicola, Giorgio Tibaldi and Emanuela Fontana

Chapter 11 Logistics and Postharvest Handling of Locally Grown Produce
Remigio Berruto and Patrizia Busato

Chapter 12 Traceability in Postharvest Systems
A. Frank Bollen

Chapter 13 Microbial Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce
Shlomo Sela and Elazar Fallik

Chapter 14 Sorting for Defects and Visual Quality Attributes
A. Frank Bollen and Stanley E. Prussia

Chapter 15 Nondestructive evaluation: detection of external and internal attributes frequently associated with quality and damage
Bart M. Nicolai, Inge Bulens, Josse De Baerdemaeker, Bart De Ketelaere, Maarten L.A.T.M. Hertog, Pieter Verboven, and Jeroen Lammertyn

Chapter 16 Stress Physiology and Latent Damage
Susan Lurie

Chapter 17 Measuring Quality and Maturity
Robert L. Shewfelt

Chapter 18 Modeling Quality Attributes and Quality Related Product Properties
L.M.M. Tijskens and R.E. Schouten

Chapter 19 Refrigeration of Fresh Produce from Field to Home: Refrigeration Systems and Logistics
Gabriel Ezeike and Yen-Con Hung

Chapter 20 Postharvest Handling Under Extreme Weather Conditions
Jorge M. Fonseca

Chapter 21 Advanced Technologies and Integrated Approaches to Investigate Molecular Basis of Fresh Produce Quality
Pietro Tonutti and Claudio Bonghi

Chapter 22 Challenges in Postharvest Handling
W.J. Florkowski, R. Shewfelt, and B. Bruckner

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