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Pre- and post-harvest strategies to optimize fruit quality and shelf life

Code: 9781838798512
Peter Toivonen, Pacific Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Chapter synopsis: Ensuring a sustainable tree fruit industry with regard to post-harvest quality management involves engaging approaches and technologies that encompass both pre- and post-harvest issues. The adoption of new, non-destructive technologies is important for quantifying and evaluating the challenge of quality management of fruit in post-harvest systems. This chapter examines the challenge of managing biological variance to improve the success of post-harvest technologies. The chapter looks at ways of measuring harvest maturity and improving sorting operations, as well as considering post-harvest technologies and temperature control. The chapter includes a detailed case study of post-harvest strategies in cherry cultivation in British Columbia. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in the field and provides detailed guidance on further reading in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0040.13
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Managing biological variance to improve the success of post-harvest technologies 3 Measuring harvest maturity 4 Improved sorting operations 5 Post-harvest technologies and temperature control 6 Case study: post-harvest strategies in cherry cultivation in British Columbia 7 Conclusion 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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