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Advances in post-harvest storage and handling of apples

Code: 9781838790110
Christopher B. Watkins, Cornell University, USA

Chapter synopsis: Harvest management and storage of apples in optimal conditions are critical factors in maintaining the sustainability of orchard operations. Post-harvest handling of apples, as for most horticultural products, is largely concerned with the maintenance of product quality after harvest. This chapter outlines recent advances in understanding the various factors associated with fruit physiology, maturation and ripening. It reviews harvest, handling and grading operations, and discuss postharvest storage technologies including refrigeration, controlled atmosphere (CA) storage and 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP). It also considers a range of postharvest treatments and the physiological disorders to which apples are subject.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0017.16
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Fruit quality assessment 3 Harvest maturity and harvest indices 4 Plant growth regulators 5 Harvest, handling and grading operations 6 Postharvest storage technologies 7 Comparing and assessing storage technologies 8 Postharvest treatments 9 Physiological disorders 10 Summary 11 Where to look for further information 12 References

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