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Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Vegetables

Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Vegetables

Now Published!

By A Thompson, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand, R K Prange, Dalhousie University, Canada, R Bancroft, Post-Harvest Assistance, UK, T Puttongsiri, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Thailand

November 2018 / Hardback / 448 Pages / 9781786393739 £125.00 / €165.00 / $205.00
With 10% online discount: £112.50 / €148.50 / $184.50
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Main Description

The third edition of this successful title presents current research and commercial uses of controlled atmosphere storage and modified atmosphere packaging of fresh fruit and vegetables to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview. New and developed technologies for the transportation and storage of horticultural products are essential to ensure that produce reaches consumers in the best possible condition, and have the potential to reduce the postharvest use of chemicals, reduce losses and maintain nutritional quality and organoleptic characteristics.

Covering the increasingly used science and technology of preserving the freshness of fruit and vegetables in all aspects of their postharvest life, this book puts the subject in the context of its history and current practices, in addition to future prospects. The new edition:

- Explores the large volume of research that is continuously being published on the topic.
- Reviews and evaluates the adaptation and improvement of commercial technologies.
- Considers the effects of techniques and technologies on flavour, quality and physiology, in addition to the damage inflicted by pests, diseases and disorders.
- Contains 5 new chapters covering genetics and CA storage, dynamic CA storage, hyperbaric storage, hypobaric storage and fruit ripening.

Fully revised and presented in full colour throughout, this book is a readily accessible resource for researchers, scientists, growers, students and industry personnel.


Postharvest scientists and agrifood commercial/industry researchers and practitioners

  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Harvest and Pre-harvest Factors
  • 3: Effects and Interactions
  • 4: Quality
  • 5: Physiology, Ripening and Genetics
  • 6: Pests, Diseases and Disorders
  • 7: Pre-storage Treatments
  • 8: CA Technology
  • 9: Dynamic CA Storage
  • 10: Hyperbaric and High-oxygen Storage
  • 11: Hypobaric and Low-oxygen Storage
  • 12: Recommended CA Conditions
  • 13: Transport
  • 14: MA Packaging

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Bancroft is a forensic plant pathologist specialising in the postharvest management of fresh produce, grains and their products. He established 'Postharvest Assistance' in 2001 and operates as a freelance surveyor, consultant and expert witness. His commissions include investigations into the causes of defective ripening, deterioration, spoilage and mycotoxin production in stores, containers, reefer and ships' cargoes. He also studies weaknesses in supply chains, evaluates postharvest technologies and handling practices, and quantifies biological and economic losses. He has managed technology transfer and research and development projects in the UK, the Caribbean and Africa and was formerly a Senior Scientist and lecturer at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich.

Prange is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at Dalhousie University in Canada and was formerly: Senior Research Scientist, Postharvest Biology and Technology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Professor and Head of Department of Plant Science at Dalhousie University. He has published over 100 scientific articles, primarily in the field of postharvest biology and technology with a particular interest in Controlled Atmosphere applications in fruits and vegetables. In recognition of his research and numerous innovations adopted by the postharvest industry around the world, he has received a number of awards including Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Puttongsiri is Assistant Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agro-Industry at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand. He teaches quality control of food products, food processing, design of experiments and model building. His research interests include postharvest and food preservation technology using chitosan as an edible coating to increase shelf life and quality and control of diseases of tangerines and mangoes.

Thompson is currently a Visiting Professor at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand and was formally: Professor of Plant Science, University of Asmara, Eritrea; Professor of Postharvest Technology and Head of Department, Cranfield University, UK; Team Leader, EU project at the Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company; Principal Scientific Officer, Tropical Products Institute, London; Postharvest Expert for the UN in the Sudan, Yemen and Korea for the Food and Agriculture Organization, Ghana and Sri Lanka for the International Trade Centre and Gambia for the World Bank; Advisor to the British, Jamaican and Colombian Governments in postharvest technology of fruit and vegetables; Research Fellow in Crop Science, University of the West Indies, Trinidad; Demonstrator in Biometrics at University of Leeds. He has also worked as a consultant for various commercial and government organisations across the world. Professor Thompson has published over 100 journal papers and numerous scientific textbooks over the course of his career.