By: AK Thompson
The transportation and storage of fresh fruit and vegetables is a global operation for which the best use must be made of available technology to ensure that produce reaches the consumer in good condition. Controlled atmosphere storage is a well known technique, used as an alternative to the use of chemical preservatives and pesticides. It has great potential for the reduction of postharvest losses, and the maintenance of nutritive value and organoleptic characteristics. However, there is still no agreement in the food industry and among consumers as to its usefulness and the quality of the end product. This work is aimed at horticultural researchers and food industry staff concerned with transportation, storage and quality. In addition, students of horticulture, agriculture, food science and technology, and food marketing, as well as regulatory bodies and consumer groups should find it useful.
"The interest in controlled and modified atmospheres continues to increase among both the produce and ornamentals industries and postharvest researchers. This latest book on the topic is divided into two sections; the first is a general section on controlled atmospheres and the second includes specific recommendation for individual commodities. The coverage of modified-atmosphere packaging is particularly thorough. In the second half of the book, recommendations for controlled-atmosphere conditions are given for 102 different species of fruits and vegetables, including temperate, subtropical, and tropical commodities. Black and white photos are included, which are of good quality and illustrative of various processes, as well as a number of informative figures and tables. This book includes a worthwhile compilation of literature related to controlled and modified atmospheres. " --HortScience, Vol. 34(6), October 1999
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