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 Title Heat Treatments for Postharvest Pest Control Theory & Practice
 Author/Editor J. Tang, E. Mitcham, S. Wang, and S. Lurie
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CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, 350 pp.   ISBN: 9781845932527

 Review This book is written by an interdisciplinary team of editors and authors who are the leading researchers in postharvest pest control treatments. They discuss the current status and potential use of thermal treatments to satisfy quarantine requirements and to control decay-causing fungi. The book is organized into the following 13 chapters: Introduction: histroy and purpose of quarantine and phytosanitation requirements; Fundamental heat transfer theory for thermal treatments; Temperature measurement; Physiological responses of agricultural commodities to heat treatments; Experimental and simulation methods of insect thermal death kinetics; Physiology and thermal death kinetics of selected insects; Thermal control of fungi to reduce postharvest decay; Disinfestation of stored products and associated structures using heat; Considerations for phytosanitary heat treatments; Heat with controlled atmospheres; The influence of heat shock proteins in insect pests and fruits in thermal treatments; Thermal treatment protocol development and scale-up; and Commercial quarantine heat treatments. Overall, this book is a very valuable resource for all those interested in non-chemical postharvest insect and decay control.

 Date 2007
 Reviewed By Adel Kader


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