1st Edition

Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Horticultural Crops

Edited By Ibrahim Kahramanoglu Copyright 2024
    380 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The increase in global population compels growers to use excessive fertilizers to enhance agricultural production. Excessive fertilizer use may also negatively affect the nutritional quality and preservation of horticultural products, reducing the shelf life and overall quality of fruits and vegetables. Postharvest Physiology and Handling of Horticultural Crops contains fundamental information that helps readers understand postharvest physiology of fresh fruits and vegetables, and presents an in-depth analysis of the harmful impacts of agrochemicals. The book presents readers with eco-friendly, innovative techniques used to handle the fruits and vegetables during storage and through supply chains helping to better preserve them.


    • Describes available technologies to eliminate and minimize microbial infection for maintaining postharvest quality and safety of fresh produce
    • Explores and discusses approaches, technologies, and management practices necessary to maintain products’ storage quality by ensuring food safety and nutrition retention
    • Provides practical applications of latest developments in disinfection applications, smart packaging, nano-enabled applications, advances in fresh-cut products, light illumination and edible coatings
    • Presents an in-depth discussion of the harmful impacts of agrochemicals and aims to introduce new, eco-friendly and innovative technologies to the readers

    With chapters written by experts in the field of postharvest fruit and vegetable preservation, this book provides information on the use of biomaterials in food preservation and provides practical information for students, teachers, professors, scientists, farmers, food packers and sellers; as well as entrepreneurs engaged in the fresh food preservation industry.

    Section I - Postharvest Physiology of Fruits and Vegetables

    Chapter 1: Pre-harvest Factors, Maturity Indices and Postharvest Physiology of Fruits and Vegetables

    Oral Daley, Wendy-Ann Isaac, Afiya John & İbrahim Kahramanoğlu


    Chapter 2: Biological and Environmental Factors Affecting Postharvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

    Afiya John, Wendy-Ann Isaac, Oral Daley & İbrahim Kahramanoğlu


    Chapter 3: Postharvest Losses during Storage and Supply Chain

    Ayoub Mohammed & Wendy-Ann Isaac


    Section II - Main Handling Practices for Fruits and Vegetables

    Chapter 4: Postharvest Challenges, Chemical Control of Postharvest Dis-eases and Concerns on Agrochemicals

    İbrahim Kahramanoğlu


    Chapter 5: Eco-friendly, Non-thermal Postharvest Disinfection Applications to Fruits and Vegetables: Produce Safety and Quality

    Neela Badrie


    Chapter 6: Importance of Atmospheric Composition for Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables

    Hanifeh Seyed Hajizadeh


    Chapter 7: Ethylene Control in Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables

    Nirmal Kumar Meena, Vinod B. R. & Menaka M.


    Chapter 8: Eco-friendly, Nano-Enabled Applications in Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables: Quality and Safety of Produce

    Neela Badrie


    Chapter 9: Integrating Innovative Technologies into Postharvest Fruit Storage Systems

    Ersin Çağlar


    Chapter 10: Recent Technology and Advances in Fresh-Cut Products

    Sandra Horvitz, Cristina Arroqui & Paloma Vírseda


    Chapter 11: Ultraviolet and Blue-Light Illumination for Controlling Postharvest Decay and Preserving Storage Quality of Fresh Produce

    İbrahim Kahramanoğlu & Olga Panfilova


    Section III - Plant- and Animal-derived Methods for Postharvest Quality Preservation

    Chapter 12: Use of Chitosan in Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables

    Roghayeh Karimirad, Chunpeng (Craig) Wan & İbrahim Kahramanoğlu


    Chapter 13: Use of Plant-based Fixed Oil in Edible Coating Formulation for Postharvest Preservation of Horticultural Crops

    Bonga Lewis Ngcobo & Olaniyi Amos Fawole


    Chapter 14: Layer-by-layer Application of Edible Coatings in Postharvest Handling of Horticultural Crops

    Mawande Hugh Shinga & Olaniyi Amos Fawole


    Chapter 15: Recent Advances in Improvement of Postharvest Application of Edible Coatings on Fruit

    Olaniyi Amos Fawole


    İbrahim Kahramanoğlu was born in 1984 in Northern Cyprus. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies in the European University of Lefke (Northern Cyprus) since April 2018. He was the managing director of Alnar Pomegranates Ltd. from 2010 till 2018, where they produced, packed and exported fresh pomegranate fruits and produced 100% natural, and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. Before that, he worked in the alternative crops project of USAID in Cyprus and managed more than 100 projects supported by national or international bodies including European Commission. He has been consulting farmers about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and adaptation of modern technologies since 2008. He is expert in horticultural production, postharvest biology & technology and GAP. His main studies are about postharvest physiology and handling of fruits; natural and novel technologies for handling & storage; digital and precision farming (agri 4.0) for sustainability; and value adding to horticultural crops. He has co-authored a monograph book with 16 chapters (Pomegranate Production and Marketing, CRC Press), edited three books (Postharvest Handling, Modern Fruit Industry and Fruit Industry), authored three book chapters, published more than 100 scientific publications related to his experience and attended more than ten international conferences and presented his research findings.