Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce

1st Edition

Edited by Lluis Palou, Joseph L. Smilanick

CRC Press

864 pages | 60 Color Illus. | 65 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138630833
pub: 2019-11-07
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Optimal distribution of fresh horticultural products entails prolonging their freshness and nutritional quality as long as possible after harvest. A major limitation to their marketing is decay after harvest, which is caused primarily by fungal pathogens. Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce provides a comprehensive resource of information about the biology and control of postharvest diseases of many fresh horticultural products, citing sources from appropriate literature of any age, rather than only the most recent.

The etiology and symptoms of postharvest diseases and the biology of postharvest pathogens are reviewed by leading experts, who are familiar with many of world’s most popular fresh fruits and vegetables and the diseases that affect them.

Key aspects related to infection and epidemiology, methods to minimize postharvest decay losses, including use of conventional fungicides and alternative management strategies, harvest and handling practices, and other aspects are described for the most significant temperate, subtropical, and tropical fruits as well as fruit-like vegetables and leafy vegetables.


  • Provides comprehensive academic and practical reviews of postharvest diseases of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Discusses the economic importance, etiology, and epidemiology of the most significant postharvest diseases
  • Includes quality color plates that allow the practical identification of disease symptoms
  • Explains practical postharvest disease management actions, including the use of conventional fungicides and alternatives to their use

The authors summarize a massive quantity of published information, and often apply their own considerable practical experience to identify and interpret the most significant information. This book is a valuable and comprehensive resource for industry professionals, academics, educators, students, consultants, pest control advisors, regulatory personnel, and others interested in this subject.

Table of Contents

SECTION I: Postharvest diseases of fresh horticultural produce

  1. Citrus fruits
  2. Joseph L. Smilanick, Arno Erasmus, Lluís Palou

  3. Pome fruits
  4. Davide Spadaro, Rosario Torres, Deena Errampalli, Kerry Everett, Lucia Ramos, Marta Mari

  5. Stone fruits
  6. Marta Mari, Davide Spadaro, Carla Casals, Marina Collina, Antonieta De Cal, Josep Usall

  7. Grape, kiwifruit, strawberry, and other berrie
  8. Gianfranco Romanazzi, Philip A. G. Elmer, Erica Feliciani

  9. Pomegranate, persimmon, and loquat
  10. Lluís Palou, Pervin Kinay, Shifeng Cao, George Karaoglanidis, Antonio Vicent

  11. Avocado
  12. Silvia Bautista-Baños, Rosa Isela Ventura-Aguilar, Margarita de Lorena Ramos-García

  13. Papaya
  14. Subbaraman Sriram, Dasiri Venkata Sudhakar Rao

  15. Banana and plantain
  16. Dionisio G. Alvindia

  17. Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops
  18. Nikos Tzortzakis, Noam Alkan, Carmit Ziv, Lise Korsten

  19. Leafy vegetables
  20. John Golding, Len Tesoriero, Rosalie Daniel

    SECTION II: General aspects of infection causing postharvest disease

  21. Molecular insights in the pathogenicity of necrotrophic fungi causing postharvest diseases
  22. Luis González-Candelas, Ana-Rosa Ballester

  23. Mechanisms of fungal quiescence during development and ripening of fruits
  24. Dov Prusky, Carmit Ziv

  25. Detection and control of postharvest toxigenic fungi and their related mycotoxins
  26. Simona M. Sanzani, Antonio Ippolito

    SECTION III: Novel technologies to control postharvest decay of fruits and vegetables

  27. Biocontrol of postharvest diseases with antagonistic microorganisms
  28. Samir Droby, Michael Wisniewski, Neus Teixidó, Davide Spadaro, Haissam Jijakli

  29. Towards probiotic postharvest biocontrol antagonists – appraisal of obstacles
  30. Anjani M. Karunaratne, Buddhie S. Nanayakkara

  31. Control of postharvest decay of fresh produce by heat treatments; the risks and the benefits
  32. Elazar Fallik, Zoran Ilic

  33. UV-C hormesis: A means of controlling diseases and delaying senescence in fresh fruits and vegetables during storage
  34. Arturo Duarte-Sierra, Marie-Thérèse Charles, Joseph Arul

  35. Reducing or Replacing Conventional Postharvest Fungicides with Low Toxicity Acids and Salts
  36. Salvatore D’Aquino, Amedeo Palma

  37. Extracts and plant-derived compounds as natural postharvest fungicides
  38. Rosalba Troncoso-Rojas, Martín Ernesto Tiznado-Hernández, Tania Elisa González Soto, Alberto González León

  39. Use of Essential Oils to Improve Postharvest Quality and Control Postharvest Decay of Tropical, Subtropical, and Temperate Fruits
  40. Dharini Sivakumar, Gianfranco Romanazzi

  41. Chitosan and other edible coatings for the control of postharvest diseases of fresh fruit
  42. Evandro Leite de Souza, Lucia Raquel Ramos Berger, Anna Marín, M.B. Pérez-Gago, Lluís Palou

  43. Aloe spp. Gels to Reduce Fruit Disease and Maintain Quality Properties
  44. Domingo Martínez-Romero, Fabián Guillén, Salvador Castillo, Pedro J. Zapata, Juan M. Valverde, María Serrano, Daniel Valero

  45. Antifungal peptides and proteins with activity against fungi causing postharvest decay
  46. José F. Marcos, Mónica Gandía, Sandra Garrigues, Paloma Manzanares, María Coca

  47. Induced resistance in fruits and vegetables by elicitors to control postharvest diseases

Bi Yang, Xue Huali, Wang Junjie

About the Editors

Lluís Palou, Ph.D., received his M.S. in Agricultural Engineering and Plant Science as specialization field in 1995 (University of Lleida (UdL), Catalonia, Spain) and served as a doctorate student at the Pathology Unit, Postharvest Department, UdL-IRTA Center, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain from 1995 to 1999. He served from 1999 to 2003 as a Postgraduate Researcher at the Department of Pomology, University of California, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, California, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering with major emphasis on Postharvest Plant Pathology in 2002 (UdL, Catalonia, Spain). To date, he has published 66 original research articles in JCR® journals (WOS h-index of 17), 13 book chapters or invited review articles, 51 extension or technical articles, and 85 congresses and symposia communications. He has directed and evaluated Spanish and international research projects, supervised 4 doctoral theses, and trained numerous undergraduate and graduate students.

Joseph L. Smilanick’s specialty is the biology and control of postharvest plant pathogens of citrus fruit and table grapes, with a thorough understanding of the production and handling of many tree and vine crops. Now a consultant; formerly a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA ARS from 1983 to 2014. Services I provide include research tasks, crop loss investigations, educational seminars in shelf life and food safety, and consultation on regulatory issues. Creative, analytical, and systematic research worker with a good grasp of experimental designs and statistical analysis. Self-motivated, internationally connected research professional widely known throughout California with a long publication record and more than 30 years of research experience on plant diseases and their control. Author of approximately 250 scientific and technical publications with more in press.Collaborator with other scientists in projects in Israel, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General