Debbie Rees and John Orchard of the Natural Resources Institute, together with Graham Farrell, a technical writer and editor specializing in plant health and analysis, have compiled a book published by Wiley-Blackwell on Crop Post Harvest Science and Technology: Perishables. With contributions from internationally respected experts around the world, including other NRI staff, this landmark publication is an essential reference for all those working in this field of expertise. Researchers and upper-level students in food science, food technology, post-harvest science and technology, crop protection, applied biology and plant and agricultural sciences will greatly benefit from having this book in their research establishments and universities.
International trade in high value perishables has grown enormously in the past few decades. In the developed world consumers now expect to be able to eat perishable produce from all corners of the globe, and in most cases throughout the year.Perishable plant products are, however, susceptible to physical damage and often have a potential storage life of only a few days.
Given their key importance in the world economy, Crop Post Harvest: Science and Technology: Perishables devotes itself to perishable produce, providing current and comprehensive knowledge on all the key factors affecting post-harvest quality of fruits and vegetables. The book focuses explicitly on the effects and causes of deterioration, as well as the many techniques and practices implemented to maintain quality through correct handling and storage. As highlighted throughout, regular losses caused by post-harvest spoilage of perishable products can be as much as 50%. A complete understanding, as provided by this excellent volume, is therefore vital in helping to reduce these losses by a significant percentage.
The fully comprehensive and up-to-date Crop Post Harvest Science and Technology: Perishables is a must-have reference for all those working in this subject area. This book follows on from two earlier books edited by NRI staff; Crop Post Harvest Science and Technology: Principles and Practice (Pete Golob, Graham Farrell, and John Orchard) and Crop Post Harvest Science and Technology:Durables (Rick Hodges and Graham Farrell).