1st Edition

Postharvest Ripening Physiology of Crops

Edited By Sunil Pareek Copyright 2016
    683 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Postharvest Ripening Physiology of Crops is a comprehensive interdisciplinary reference source for the various aspects of fruit ripening and postharvest behavior. It focuses on the postharvest physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology of ripening and provides an overview of fruits and vegetables, including chapters on the postharvest quality of ornamental plants and molecular biology of flower senescence.

    It describes various developments that have taken place in the last decade with respect to identifying and altering the function of ripening-related genes. Taking clues from studies in grape and tomato as model fruits, the book reviews a few case studies and gives you a detailed account of molecular regulation of fruit ripening, and signal transduction and internal atmospheres in relation to fruit ripening. It also presents an overview of methods utilized in fruit proteomics, as well as a global proteome and systems biology analysis of fruits during ripening, and discusses the basics of dormancy, its molecular and physiological basis, and methods to break the dormancy.

    The book provides an overview of the most important metabolic pathways and genes that control volatile biosynthesis in model fruits, including tropical, subtropical, and temperate fruits, with a special emphasis on fruit ripening and the role of ethylene during this process. It presents a brief description of the composition of volatiles in various fruit species and addresses the influences of preharvest factors and postharvest technologies on fruit aroma, basic mechanisms responsible for postharvest flavor change in fresh produce, and the potential impacts of various postharvest technologies on flavor.

    Ripening Physiology: An Overview
    Sunil Pareek

    Postharvest Physiology of Fruits and Vegetables
    Peter M. A. Toivonen

    Postharvest Quality of Ornamental Plants
    Fernando L. Finger, Tania P. Silva, Fernanda F. Araujo, and Jose G. Barbosa

    Physiology and Molecular Biology of Flower Senescence
    Kenichi Shibuya and Kazuo Ichimura

    Respiratory Metabolism
    Mikal E. Saltveit

    Stomata and Postharvest Physiology
    Uulke Van Meeteren and Sasan Aliniaeifard

    Water Loss from Harvested Horticultural Commodities
    Mikal E. Saltveit

    Lysophospholipids and Postharvest Quality of Fruits, Vegetables, and Cut Flowers
    Domingos P. F. Almeida

    Fruit Skin Color and the Role of Pigments during Fruit Ripening
    Emrul Kayesh, Lingfei Shangguan, and M. Mofazal Hossain

    Molecular Regulation of Fruit Ripening
    Ajay Arora

    Advances in Ethylene Signal Transduction in Fruits and Vegetables
    Willis O. Owino and Jane Ambuko

    Internal Atmosphere of Fruits: Role and Significance in Ripening and Storability
    Vijay Paul and Rakesh Pandey

    Proteomics of Fruit Development and Ripening
    Aloysius Wong, Ludivine Thomas, Christoph Gehring, and Claudius Marondedze

    Potato Tuber Dormancy and Postharvest Sprout Control
    Jeffrey C. Suttle, Michael A. Campbell, and Nora L. Olsen

    Calcium Deficiency Disorders in Plants
    Sergio Tonetto De Freitas, Cassandro Vidal Talamini Do Amarante, and Elizabeth J. Mitcham

    Fresh Fruit Aroma: An Integrative Overview for a Complex Flavor Trait
    Orianne Gudenschwager and Bruno G. Defilippi

    Flavor and Aroma Compounds of Some Exotic Tropical Fruits and Berries: Biosynthetic Pathways and Metabolism
    Ola Lasekan

    Impact of Postharvest Technologies on the Flavor of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Charles F. Forney


    Dr. Sunil Pareek obtained his PhD in Horticulture (PHT) from Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner, India. He is an Associate Professor (PHT) in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), Kundli, India. Dr. Pareek is principal or co-principal investigator on several fruit, tuber crop, processed products, and integrated farming projects. He has published extensively and is the recipient of the University Outstanding Services Award 2014, Outstanding Team Research Award 2014, Young Scientist Award 2012, HS Mehta Young Scientist Award 2012, JISL Fellowship 2014, and the Fellow Award of the Confederation of Horticultural Associations of India.