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 Title Environmentally Friendly Technologies for Agricultural Produce Quality
 Author/Editor S. Ben-Yehoshua
 Additional Information

CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 534 pp.  ISBN 10:0-8493-1911-0  (

 Review This book is focused on alternatives to chemical treatments for decay and  insect control in harvested plant products. In addition to the editor, 28 authors contributed to the book, which is organized into two sections following an introductory chapter by the editor about the need to include potential impact on the environment when considering the cost/benefit ratio of a given technology. Section I (physical treatments) includes 7 chapters on heat treatments to reduce decay, heat treatments to reduce chilling injury, modified atmospheres, innovations in quarantine, minimizing ethylene damage, fresh-cut produce, and durable agricultural produce. Section II (nonphysical treatments) includes 7 chapters on UV irradiation, edible coatings, hormonal regulation, health benefits, use of genetic engineering to control ripening, reduce spoilage and maintain quality of fruits and vegetables, innovations in transportation, and effects of postharvest technologies on quality. Overall, this book is a good reference for all those interested in postharvest technologies for pest management and quality maintenance of agricultural produce.

 Date 2005
 Reviewed By Adel Kader


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