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 Title Modified and Controlled Atmospheres for the Storage, Transportation, and Packaging of Horticultural Commodities
 Author/Editor Yahia, E.M.
 Additional Information

CRC Press, Boca Raton, LA, USA (ISBN: 978-1-4200-6957-0)

 Review This book is written by the editor plus 43 additional authors who are experts in various aspects of the science and technology of modified atmospheres. It is organized into 23 chapters covering the following topics:

Introduction; Storage technology and applications, Transport technology and applications; Modified and controlled atmosphere packaging technology and applications; Gas exchange modeling; Effects on nutritional quality; Effects on flavor; Effects on physiological disorders; Effects on decay; Microbial safety of modified atmosphere packaged fresh-cut produce; Effects on insects; Pome fruits; Stone fruits; Subtropical fruits; Small fruits and berries; Tropical fruits; Vegetables; Modified atmosphere packaging of fresh-cut produce; Ornamentals and cut flowers; Dried fruits and tree nuts; Economic benefits of controlled atmosphere storage and modified atmosphere packaging; Biochemical and molecular aspects of modified and controlled atmospheres; Future research and application needs.
Each chapter includes an up-to-date list of references for further reading if desired by the reader. Many chapters include useful illustrations, but some of the photographs are of suboptimal printing quality.
Overall, this book is a timely and useful reference for all those interested in the opportunities and challenges of using atmospheric modification in packaging, transportation, and storage of perishables. It can also be used as a textbook for a graduate course on modified and controlled atmospheres.

 Date 2009
 Reviewed By Adel Kader


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