Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Postharvest Biology and Technology

Postharvest Management of Horticultural Crops
Practices for Quality Preservation

Editors: Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, PhD
Asgar Ali, PhD

Postharvest Management of Horticultural Crops

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: July 2016
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883344
E-Book ISBN: 9781771883351
Pages: 368 pp w index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Postharvest Biology and Technology
Notes: 18 b/w illustrations

This book presents several pre- and postharvest strategies that have been developed to modify these physiological activities, resulting in increased shelf life. The book also discusses the best technologies that positively influence quality attributes of the produce, including senescenal changes and, afterwards, the consumers’ decision to purchase the product in the marketplace.

With contributions from experts with experience in both developed and developing regions, the book includes chapters covering thorough discussions on postharvest management strategies of fresh horticultural commodities. This volume covers:

  • recent advances in postharvest cooling of horticultural produce
  • different postharvest handling and storage systems of root and tuber crops
  • proper post-harvest handling methods for prolonging the vase life of cut flowers
  • postharvest management and processing technology of mushrooms
  • new research findings on the interaction of gibberellins with other plant hormones and their role in maintaining postharvest quality of horticultural produce
  • advancement in creative and innovative packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables for better food quality, safety, and traceability
  • technological advances in preserving quality and ensuring safety of fresh cut products
  • important aspects of postharvest pathology, deterioration, and spoilage of horticultural produce and the limitations of synthetic fungicides
  • the application of natural antimicrobials in postharvest storage and minimal processing of fruits and vegetables
With photos throughout the book to illustrate the concepts described, this book will provide a wealth of information on new research and technologies to enhance the quality, prolong the shelf life, and ensure the safety of postharvest produce.

1. Recent Advances in Postharvest Cooling of Horticultural Produce
Atef M. Elansar and Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui
2. Posthavest Handling and Storage of Root and Tubers
Munir Abba Dandago
3. Postharvest Management of Commercial Flowers
Sunil Kumara, Kalyan Barman, and Swati Sharma
4. Postharvest Management and Processing Technology of Mushrooms
M. K. Yadav, Santosh Kumar, Ram Chandra, S.K. Biswas, and P. K. Dhakad, and Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui
5. Gibberellins: The Roles in Pre- and Postharvest Quality of Horticultural Produce
Venkata Satish Kuchi and J. Kabir
6. Advances in Packaging of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Alemwati Pongener and B. V. C Mahajan
7. Fresh-Cut Produce: Advances in Preserving Quality and Ensuring Safety
Ovais Shafiq Qadri, BasharatYousuf, and Abhaya Kumar Srivastava
8. Postharvest Pathology, Deterioration and Spoilage of Horticultural Produce
S. M. Yahaya
9. Natural Antimicrobials in Postharvest Storage and Minimal Processing of Fruits and Vegetables
Munir Abba Dandago
10. ENHANCE: Breakthrough Technology to Preserve and Enhance Food
Charles L. Wilson

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, PhD
Assistant Professor and Scientist, Department of Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, India

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

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

Dr. Siddiqui acquired a BSc (Agriculture) degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, India, and received MSc. (Horticulture) and PhD (Horticulture) degrees from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, India, with specialization in postharvest technology. He was awarded a Maulana Azad National Fellowship Award from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India. He is a member of the Core Research Group at Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), where he helps with providing appropriate direction and assisting with prioritizing 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, and he is dynamically involved in teaching (graduate and doctorate students) and research. He has proved himself as an active scientist in the area of postharvest technology.

Asgar Ali, PhD
Director, Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology, School of Biosciences, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Asgar Ali, PhD, is the Founding Director and Professor of Postharvest Biotechnology at the Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology (CEPB), University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus. The CEPB is a global centre for postharvest research with the mandate of reducing postharvest losses. His research on postharvest biology and technology is internationally acknowledged, being notable for its focus on the development of natural edible coatings for the extension of shelf-life of perishables fruits and vegetables. His research has been cited in many popular media outlets, such as National Geographic and EarthSky Net, from Hungary and USA respectively. Professor Asgar also contributes to the field as a regular peer reviewer for several high-impact journals and has been appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology. Dr. Asgar has consulted with with government, academic, and industrial bodies in Malaysia and other countries. He has served as chair, invited speaker, and keynote presenter for a number of international and national conferences and meetings in the USA, UK, Malaysia, India, Turkey, and South Africa on recent advances in postharvest biotechnology fields.

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