Postharvest Handling

Postharvest Handling, 3rd Edition

A Systems Approach

Postharvest Handling, 3rd Edition,Wojciech Florkowski,Robert Shewfelt,Bernhard Brueckner,Stanley Prussia,ISBN9780124081376

Florkowski   &   Shewfelt   &   Brueckner   &   Prussia   

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An invaluable resource to anyone in the fresh produce processing industry monitoring produce quality from farm to fork

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Key Features

  • Presents current research methods and applications in temperature control and heat treatments to help minimize moisture content, to prevent spoilage and mold, and more
  • Addresses challenges of traceability and sustainability
  • Presents testing and measurement techniques and applications
  • Provides technological tools to create crop value and improve both food safety and food quality


Postharvest Handling, Third Edition takes a global perspective in offering a system of measuring, monitoring, and managing produce processing to improve food quality, minimize food waste, reduce risks and uncertainties, and maximize time and resources. This unique resource provides an overview of the postharvest system and its role in the food value chain, and offers essential tools to monitor and control the handling process. It shows how to predict and combat unexpected events (e.g., spoilage), and manage the food quality and safety within a facility. Proven research methods and applications from various viewpoints are available to help you maintain high-quality produce and achieve the highest yields possible. The book also explores current challenges-including oversupply, waste, food safety, lack of resources, sustainability-and best practices for production to thrive in spite of these challenges.


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.

Wojciech Florkowski

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Georgia, Griffin, GA

Robert Shewfelt

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Athens, USA

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Bernhard Brueckner

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute fuer Gemeuse-und Zierpflanzenbau, Germany

Stanley Prussia

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Georgia, Griffin, USA

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Postharvest Handling, 3rd Edition

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. Nicolaï, 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. Brückner

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