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 Title Postharvest Biology and Technology for Preserving Fruit Quality
 Author/Editor Valero, Daniel, and Maria Serrano
 Additional Information

CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA; (ISBN: 978-1-4398-0266-3); available in printed and electronic formats (

 Review Drs Daniel Valero and Maria Serrano (from the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante, Spain) provide a concise coverage (219 pages of text other than references and index) of the scientific principles of the ripening process in fruits and the technologies that can be used to maintain postharvest fruit quality. The book is organized in 11 chapters on the following topics: Introduction and overview; Fruit ripening;  Changes in fruit quality attributes during handling, processing, and storage; Cold storage and fruit quality; Heat treatments; Calcium treatments; Polyamine treatments; 1-Methylcyclopropene treatments; Storage in modified atmosphere packaging; Active packaging; and Emerging technologies (atmospheres with high oxygen, biological control, UV-irradiation). More than 600 publications are included in the list of references. Overall, this book is a useful addition to existing resources about postharvest biology and technology of fruits and can be used as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course on this topic.

 Date 2010
 Reviewed By Adel Kader


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