Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Postharvest Biology and Technology

Postharvest Biology and Technology of Horticultural Crops
Principles and Practices for Quality Maintenance

Editor: Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, PhD

Postharvest Biology and Technology of Horticultural Crops

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: May 2015
Hardback Price: $189.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771880862
Pages: 572 pp with index
Binding Type: hardbound
Series: Postharvest Biology and Technology

“Very relevant . . . A well-documented account of all the factors—physiological, biochemical and molecular—have been presented by well-known experts of their respective fields. . . . Excellent for those actively involved in postharvest technology of fruits, vegetables and other horticultural crops. The book portrays the ‘state of science’ with a comprehensive overview of current insights and knowledge on possible impacts and associated technical and management challenges due to postharvest losses of horticultural crops, especially fruits, flowers, and vegetables. This volume provides the reader with an edifying and comprehensive overview of postharvest biology and technology of horticultural crops from ‘farm to fork’ by discussing how appropriate postharvest technology can improve or maintain the quality of postharvest produce. The evidence-based nature provides justification and rational of the discussions on postharvest biology and technology of fresh commodities. Therefore, I would highly recommend this book to scientific communities with interest in such areas of agri-horticultural and food preservation sciences.”
—P. K. Nagar, Associate Editor, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum; Managing Editor, Plant Growth Regulation; Sr. Scientist (retired), IHBT, Palampur, India

“A welcome addition to the field of postharvest food preservation. It provides students and researchers with a comprehensive and authoritative understanding of the science and technology underpinning the postharvest preservation of horticultural crops. I highly recommend it to anyone concerned with reducing postharvest losses of food.”
—Charles L. Wilson, Founder/Chairman & CEO, World Food Preservation Center LLC

The ultimate goal of crop production is to provide quality produce to the consumers at reasonable prices. Most fresh produce is highly perishable, and postharvest losses are significant under the present methods of management in many countries. However, significant achievements have been made during the last few years to curtail postharvest losses in fresh produce and to ensure food security and safety as well. These include advancements in breeding horticultural crops for quality improvement; postharvest physiology; postharvest pathology and entomology; postharvest management of fruits, vegetables, and flowers; nondestructive technologies to assess produce quality; minimal processing of fruits and vegetables; as well as innovations in packaging and storage technology of fresh produce.

This new book Postharvest Biology and Technology of Horticultural Crops: Principles and Practices for Quality Maintenance, describes the above-mentioned advancements in postharvest quality improvement of fresh horticultural produce. This book will be a standard reference work for postharvest management for the fresh produce industry. It presents important new advances that will extend the shelf life of fresh produce by retaining its safety and nutritional or sensory quality.

The book covers a multitude of topics, particularly advances in
  • conventional breeding approaches for fruits and vegetables
  • storage of fruits and vegetables
  • postharvest treatment and smart packaging
  • management of pests and other postharvest diseases
  • postharvest management of fresh-cut flowers
  • management of medicinal and aromatic plants during postharvest
  • biotechnological methods for postharvest management

Chapter 1. Factors Affecting the Quality of Fruits and Vegetables: Recent Understandings
Kalyan Barman, Md. Shamsher Ahmad, and Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui

Chapter 2. Advances in Non-Destructive Quality Measurement of Fruits and Vegetables

K. Prasad

Chapter 3. Advances in Conventional Breeding Approaches for Postharvest Quality Improvement of Fruits

Amit Kumar Khokher

Chapter 4. Advances in Conventional Breeding Approaches for Post-Harvest Quality Improvement in Vegetables

Shirin Akhtar

Chapter 5. Advances in Storage of Fruits and Vegetables for Quality Maintenance

G. R. Velderrain Rodríguez, M. L. Salmerón-Ruiz, G.a. González Aguilar, Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, and J. F. Ayala Zavala

Chapter 6. Active and Smart Packaging Film for Food and Postharvest Treatment

Ida Idayu Muhamad, Eraricar Salleh, Nozieana Khairudin, Mohd Harfiz Salehudin, and Norsuhada Abdul Karim

Chapter 7. Advances in Postharvest Diseases Management in Fruits

Eva Arrebola

Chapter 8. Integrated Postharvest Pest Management in Fruits and Vegetables

Tamoghna Saha, Nithya C, and S. N. Ray

Chapter 9. Flower Senescence

Donal Bhattacharjee, Pran Krishnathakur, Jeebit Singh, and R. S. Dhua

Chapter 10. PostHarvest Management of Fresh Cut Flowers

Vigya Mishra and Shailendra K. Dwivedi

Chapter 11. Post Harvest Management of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

S. Das, S. Sultana, and A. B. Sharangi

Chapter 12. PostHarvest Management of Spice Crops

S. Sultana, S. Das, and A. B. Sharangi

Chapter 13. Biotechnological Approaches to Improve Postharvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables

Bishun Deo Prasad, Sangita Sahni, and Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui

Chapter 14. Advances in Postharvest Disease Control in Vegetables

Md. Arshad Anwer


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, PhD
Assistant Professor and Scientist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, India;
AAP Acquisitions Editor, Horticultural Science

Dr. Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor and Scientist in the Department of Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India, and author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 24 book chapters, and 18 conference papers. He has five edited and one authored books to his credit, published by CRC Press, USA, Springer, USA, & Apple Academic Press, USA. Dr. Siddiqui has established an international peer-reviewed journal Journal of Postharvest Technology. He has been honored to be the Editor-in-Chief of a book series entitled “Postharvest Biology and Technology,” being published from Apple Academic Press, USA. Dr. Siddiqui is an Acquisitions Editor for Apple Academic Press for Horticultural Science. He has been serving as an editorial board member of several journals.

Recently, Dr Siddiqui has been conferred with the Young Achiever Award- 2014 for the outstanding research work by the Society for Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA), Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India. He is an Honorary Board Member of the SADHNA, Nauni, Himachal Pradesh, India. He has been an active member of organizing committee of several national and international seminars/conferences/summits.

Dr. Siddiqui acquired his BSc (Agriculture) degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, India. He received the MSc (Horticulture) and PhD (Horticulture) degrees from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, India, with specialization in postharvest technology. He was awarded the Maulana Azad National Fellowship Award from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India. He is a member of Core Research Group at the Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) and has been providing appropriate direction and assistance to sensitize priority of the research. He has received several grants from various funding agencies to carry out his research projects. Dr. Siddiqui has been associated with postharvest technology and processing aspects of horticultural crops. He is dynamically involved in teaching (graduate and doctorate students) and research, and he has proved himself as an active scientist in the area of postharvest technology.

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