1st Edition

Bioengineered Fruit and Vegetables Trends in Postharvest Quality Improvement

Edited By Mohammad Irfan, Pankaj Kumar Copyright 2024
    366 Pages 16 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Postharvest environment conditions of fruits and vegetables significantly affect its quality and shelf life. Bioengineering fruits and vegetables can enhance their value and durability. This book, Bioengineered Fruit and Vegetables: Trends in Postharvest Quality Improvement, addresses the issues related to postharvest losses in fruits and vegetable crops using cutting-edge technologies.

    The book brings together the most recent developments in this field, such as gene overexpression approaches (enzymes, transcriptional factors, or combinatorial engineering), promoter engineering, enhancing postharvest stability (shelf life), epigenetic regulation, antioxidant-regulated expression, metabolic engineering, and regulation of postharvest pathogen infection and decay using biotechnological tools and much more. The book throws light on the current status as well as future prospects in this field as well.

    The technologies covered include bioengineering, gene silencing, genome editing with zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeats (Cas9). Providing much-needed and up-to-date information on the application of modern technology and research for postharvest quality assurance and improvements, this volume offers the latest insights and understanding of modern biotechnological and genome engineering tools in improving postharvest quality attributes of fruits and vegetables.

    With its comprehensive coverage of the latest technology in bioengineered fruits and vegetables, the book will serve as a reference for readers and an extremely enlightening tool for students, teachers, and professionals in the field of fruit and vegetable crops.

    1. Bioengineering of Fruits and Vegetables: Current Status and Future Prospects

    Vinay Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, and Mohammad Irfan

    2. Genetic Transformation of Fruit and Vegetable Crops: Challenges and Opportunities

    Buntora Pasaribu, Noir Primadona Purba, Alexander M. Khan, and Ritesh Kumar

    3. Developing Bioengineered Fruits and Vegetables for Postharvest Quality Improvement Using Heterologous, Overexpression, and Combinatorial Engineering

    Rajul Tayal, Sekhu Ansari, Anuradha Tyagi, Vinay Kumar, and Mani Kant Choudhary

    4. Enhancing Postharvest Stability and Shelf Life of Perishable Fruits and Vegetables Using Molecular Approaches

    Jitender Kumar, Kajal Choudhary, and Shelja

    5. RNA Interference: Applications in Postharvest Quality Improvement of Fruits and Vegetables

    Anupama Singh, Surender Kumar, Aayushee Thakur, Anchal Tandon, Parul Tomar, and Riddhi Rathore

    6. Emerging Trends of Genome Editing Technology for Improvement of Postharvest Quality of Horticultural Crops

    Bhuvnesh Kapoor, Vikrant, and Pankaj Kumar

    7. Regulating Postharvest Pathogen Infection and Decay Using Biotechnological Tools

    Mukesh Kumar Meena

    8. Promoter Engineering for Improving Fruit and Vegetable Traits

    Ehasanullah Khan, Kamlesh Kumar Soni, and Mohammad Irfan

    9. Epigenetic Regulation of Pre- and Postharvest Quality Traits in Fruits and Vegetables

    Anshul Kumar, Sunakshi Gautam, Shubham Smakaria, Nitika Negi, and Diksha Abrol

    10. Genetically Modified Leafy Vegetables

    Sekhu Ansari, Vinay Kumar, and Jueria Mustaqeem

    11. Genetic and Genome Engineering of Underutilized Fruit and Vegetables Crops: Challenges and Opportunities for Postharvest Quality Improvement

    Megha, Nitesh Singh, Nisha Singh, and Jitender Kumar

    12. Biosensors: Recent Advancements in Postharvest Management of Fruits

    Ankit Kumar, Rajat Chandel, Ramandeep Kaur, Satish Kumar, Neha Gautam, and Vikas Kumar

    13. Bioengineering of Fruits and Vegetables Using Emerging Tools: Role of H2S, NO, H2O2 in Postharvest Quality Improvement

    Anuradha Tyagi, Dharmendra Nath Bhatt, Sekhu Ansari, and Vinay Kumar

    14. Metabolic Engineering of Plant Volatiles in Fruits and Vegetables for Postharvest Quality Enhancement

    Shikha Tiwari and Pranita Bhatele


    Mohammad Irfan, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at the College of Agriculture and Life Science, Cornell University, New York, USA. He is a well-established researcher having more than 14 years of research experience in the area of plant and agricultural biotechnology with specialization in fruit biotechnology. Dr. Irfan has been conferred with numerous awards that include the Cornell Atkinson Small Grant Award by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, New York, USA (2022), among others. He has also qualified for various research fellowship awards. A member of various international professional societies, he has published more than 40 research and review articles in high-impact factor international peer-reviewed journals and has contributed many book chapters. Dr. Irfan serves on the editorial boards of many international journals, such as the Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, Frontiers in Plant Science, PeerJ, PLoS ONE, and Journal of Postharvest Technology. He is also a review panel member of Cornell University Schmittau–Novak Integrative Plant Science Small Grant Program and the Boyce Thomson Institute Undergraduate Research Internship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture. He has given talks at many international conferences and organizations.

    Pankaj Kumar, PhD, is presently working as Assistant Professor (Biotechnology) in the Department of Biotechnology at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. He did his postdoctoral studies at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, and at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research–Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India. Dr. Kumar has eight years of expertise in plant genetic engineering and molecular biology. He has worked on horticultural crops (mainly fruits and vegetables) improvement using biotechnological tools. He has published over 65 research/review papers in various journals of international and national repute, contributed over 21 book chapters as well as several popular articles and edited and authored textbooks. Dr. Kumar has received many awards from various societies and scientific organizations for his scientific contributions.