Now established worldwide as the standard guide to the recognition and understanding of the causes of deterioration in temperate and tropical fruits and vegetables, these superbly illustrated full-colour volumes deal clearly, concisely and systematically with each of the main diseases and disorders, emphasising those of importance to international trade.
Diseases are broken down into four sections: occurrence, symptoms, biology, and control. The introductory section illustrates the diseases and disorders and the agents of those diseases. Students of plant pathology will find the technical explanations clear and the quantity of colour photographs an added benefit. Anyone involved in the commercial production, shipping, import, or marketing of fruit will find this book valuable.
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 frui ts. 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; Kiwi fruits. 7. Melons and Watermelons. Appendices. Index.
... probably the best written text of the very many I have ever read. The format is brilliant. A page for each disease or disorder. A colour photograph which could not be clearer, followed by four sections - occurrence, symptoms, biology, control ... For anyone involved in the commercial production, shipping import or marketing of fruit this book is a must. (Tropical Agriculture Association on Volume 1) "... well presented and ideally suited for those involved in the handling and storage of fruit ... an easy and compact reference." (Deciduous Fruit Grower on Volume 1) "This is a text that demands careful use. So if you want to know more about blight, bacterial speck, ring rot, downy mildew, virus diseases, purple spot, white tip, sclerotium rot, powdery scab, silver scurf, soil rot or gangrene, this this is the book you need." (Food Trades Review on Volume 2) "An authoritative, profusely illustrated guide ... Volume 1 has already become a standard text." (The Grower on Volume 2)