Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce

1st Edition

Lluís Palou, Joseph L. Smilanick

CRC Press
Published November 14, 2019
Reference - 824 Pages - 60 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138630833 - CAT# K32071

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Summary

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.

Features:

  • 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.

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