1st Edition

Postharvest Nanotechnology for Fresh Horticultural Produce Innovations and Applications

Edited By Radhakrishnan E.K., Ashitha Jose, Sunil Pareek Copyright 2024
    485 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Food scarcity and insecurity is an alarming issue throughout the world. Postharvest loss due to both mechanical damage and microbial spoilage significantly influences the shelf life and hence the availability of agricultural produce. Once initiated, the microbial spoilage can make bulk quantity of a given agricultural product unacceptable for human consumption, and several methods have already been used to try to manage this. Considering the limited success of the available methods, there is increasing interest in exploring nanotechnological methods. These methods are being considered for both the development of various platforms for antimicrobial/barrier packaging applications that minimize the contact of agricultural produce with the external environment, and also for design sensors to ensure food safety and quality.

    The impact of various nano-systems developed through material engineering on the shelf-life enhancement and storage of fresh horticultural produce will have revolutionary effects on post-harvest management in the coming years. Hence, Postharvest Nanotechnology for Fresh Horticultural Produce has been edited to advance understanding of material development, intelligent selection of nanomaterials to ensure the nontoxic nature, and future perspectives of nanotechnology on postharvest produce. This includes various types of nanoparticles exploited for the postharvest management, their mechanism of action, varied applications and material engineering, along with natural products including essential oils and plant bioactives, modelling of various tailor-made materials to meet the required properties of the packed food, advancements in the nanotechnological applications for the minimally processed food, and the toxicity concerns.

    Key Features:

    ·     Describes advances in nanotechnology for postharvest management

    ·     Includes extensive details on the applications of material engineering for post-harvest applications using nanotechnology and future aspects

    ·     Provides extensive data on the types of nanomaterials used and the fabrication methods employed for the design of tailor-made products for the post-harvest management

    This book reviews the current scientific advancements and future prospects of the nanotechnological interventions in meeting the quality and quantity standards of the horticultural produce and minimally processed food and will be a valuable reference for beginners, researchers, subject experts, and industrialists.





    Chapter 1        Introduction to nanotechnological applications in the postharvest processing of fresh horticultural produce

    González-Reza R.M., Zambrano-Zaragoza M.L., and Gutiérrez-Martínez P.          


    Chapter 2        Synthesis and characterization methods for the nanobased materials for the postharvest storage of  horticultural produce

    Sherin Joy Parappilly, Raji Vijayamma, Dona V. Idicula, Jithasha Balan, and Sumi Mary George           


    Chapter 3        Organic nanoparticles in postharvest management and the  mechanism involved

    Aiswarya P., Sarita G. Bhat, and Sreeja Narayanan


    Chapter 4        Cellulose nanoparticles for postharvest management and the mechanism involved

    Neenu K.V., P.M. Sabura Begum, Rajesh R., Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai, Mohammad Reza Saeb, Midhun Dominic C.D.


    Chapter 5        Inorganic/ metallic nanoparticles in postharvest management and the mechanism involved

    Kalyan Barman, Swati Sharma, Shatakashi Mishra, and Jagdish Singh


    Chapter 6        Mechanism of silver nanoparticles based postharvest technologies

    Udari Wijesinghe, Upekshya Welikala, and Gobika Thiripuranathar          


    Chapter 7        Nanoclay based methods for the postharvest processing of horticultural produce

    Gabriela E. Viacava and María R. Ansorena


    Chapter 8        Hybrid nanomaterials for postharvest storage

    C. Vibha, Jyotishkumar Parameswaranpillai, K. Senthilkumar, Suchart Siengchin, Sabarish Radoor, G.L. Praveen, Midhun Dominic, M. Chandrasekar, and T. Senthil Muthu Kumar


    Chapter 9        Engineering the nanobased packaging materials for the post harvest storage

    Bharat Bhushan, Manoj Kumar Mahawar, Kirti Jalgaonkar, Satish Yadav, Shrikrishna Nishani, Archana Mahapatra, Sharmila Patil



    Chapter 10      Advancements in the essential oil based packaging materials

    Francisco J. Blancas-Benitez, Luis Guillermo Hernández-Montiel, Jonathan Michel Sanchez-Silva, Cristina Moreno-Hernández, Porfirio Gutierrez-Martinez, Héctor J. Cortés-Rivera,

    Lizet Aguirre-Güitrón, Surelys Ramos-Bell, Ramsés R. González-Estrada  


    Chapter 11      Bio active nano-based packaging for postharvest storage of  horticultural produce

    Nazila Oladzadabbasabadi, Abdorreza Mohammadi Nafchi, Fazilah Ariffin, Karim A. A  



    Chapter 12      Nanotechnology in shelf life enhancement of minimally processed horticultural produce

    Girish N. Mathad and Simple Kumar


    Chapter 13      Modeling and simulation of gas barrier properties of nanocomposites used for packaging applications

    Shasiya P. S., Neethumol Varghese, Minu Joys, Ajalesh B. Nair     


    Chapter 14      ZnO nanoparticles  based methods for the minimally  processed horticultural produce

    Upekshya Welikala, Udari Wijesinghe, Gobika Thiripuranathar     


    Chapter 15      Phytonanocomposites for minimally processed horticultural produce

    Maya Mathew, Ashitha Jose, Sandhya C., Radhakrishnan E.K.       


    Chapter 16      Toxicity aspects of nanoparticles and their composites being used in the Postharvest Nanotechnology

    Yolanda González García, Mari Carmen López Pérez, Fabián Pérez Labrada, Gregorio Cadenas Pliego, Antonio Juárez Maldonado


    Chapter 17      Life cycle assessment: a tool to evaluate the environmental impact of nanomaterials used in food packaging – modification suggested by authors

    Nathana L. Cristofoli, Alexandre R. Lima, Margarida C. Viera       


    Chapter 18      Global status of nanotechnology policies in packaging sector

    Christopher Igwe Idumah


    Chapter 19      Future Scope of Nano Based Methods for the Improvement of Postharvest Technologies and Increased Shelf Life of Minimally Processed Food




    Chapter 20      Nano based methods for the improvement of postharvest technologies and increased shelf life of minimally processed food

    Mari Carmen López Pérez, Fabián Pérez Labrada, Yolanda González García, Antonio Juárez Maldonado 


    Dr. Radhakrishnan E.K is currently working as Assistant Professor in School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Director of Business Innovation and Incubation Centre (BIIC) and as Joint Director of Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (IUCOFSA), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

    Ms. Ashitha Jose is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Biochemistry at School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. Her area of research is food packaging materials with incorporated nanoparticles. So far she has authored several book chapters of various publishing groups.

    Dr. Sunil Pareek is working as Associate Professor at NIFTEM, Kundli, Haryana. He is Head of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and also Director (IQAC).