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 Title Postharvest Diseases and Disorders of Fruits and Vegetables - A Colour Atlas. Volume One: Introduction and Fruits
 Author/Editor Anna L. Snowdon
 Additional Information

Manson Publishing, London, UK, 302 p, ebook, ISBN: 978-1-84076-025-5 ( )

 Review This is not a second edition, but is an electronic version of the classic anduseful book that was originally published in 1990. It  has 457 color photographs and microscope drawings that can be very helpful in diagnosis of postharvest diseases and disorders of the fruits listed in #2 to 7 of the following Table of Contents:

  1. Nature and causes of post-harvest deterioration: Investigation of losses. Post-harvest physiology of fruits and vegetables. Structure and function; Maturation, ripening and senescence. Nature of Post-Harvest deterioration: Physiological change; Physical damage; Chemical injury: Pathological decay. Factors Influencing Post-Harvest Deterioration: Pre-harvest factors; Harvesting and handling techniques; Conditions during storage; Conditions during transport. Aspects of Forensic Plant Pathology: Cargo surveys and the interpretation of evidence; Identification of diseases and disorders. Classification of Disorders: Nutritional disorders: Nutritional disorders; Respiratory disorders; Temperature disorders; Miscellaneous disorders. Classification of Diseases and Disease Organisms: Type of disease; Agents of disease.
  2. Citrus Fruits: Oranges; Mandarins; Grapefruits; Lemons; Limes.
  3. Miscellaneous Tropical and Subtropical Fruits: Avocados; Bananas; Guavas; Litchis; Mangoes; Papayas; Passion fruits; Persimmons; Pineapple; Pomegranates; Sour sops and Sweets sops; Other tropical and subtropical fruits.
  4. Pome Fruits: Apples and Pears.
  5. Stone Fruits: Peaches; Nectarines; Apricots; Plums and Cherries.
  6. Soft Fruits and Berry Fruits: Strawberries and Raspberries; Blueberries; Cranberries; Currants and Gooseberries; Grapes; Kiwifruits.
  7. Melons and Watermelons

I highly recommend this book to all those who are interested in diagnosis of postharvest diseases and disorders of fruits and do not have the printed 1990 book or are interested in an electronic version.

 Date 2010 (1990)
 Reviewed By Adel Kader


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