Special Issue "Postharvest Disease Development: Pre and/or Postharvest Practices"
A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2018).
Prof. Elazar Fallik
Postharvest losses of fresh produce have always been an obstacle in agriculture. Roughly one-third of global fresh fruits and vegetables are lost because their quality has dropped below an acceptance limit. Losses include any change and/or damage in quantity and quality of produce from the moment of harvest until consumption.
Consumers worldwide have become more and more concerned about the quality of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Product quality is a complex issue: it encompasses visual characteristics such as size, color, shape, defects and rots, all encompassed in general appearance; physical and chemical properties, such as texture, and mineral and vitamin contents; and flavor and other organoleptic characteristics. Thus, fruits and vegetables are also appreciated for their beneficial health effects in. Once produce is harvested, postharvest handling practices do not improve the quality attained in the field; they only can slow the rate at which deterioration occurs. Physiological and pathological deterioration of a produce after harvest can play a principal role in a consumer’s decision to purchase.
Postharvest quality and shelf life of fresh produce also are determined before harvest. Factors that include weather, soil preparation and cultivation, soil type, cultivar, irrigation and fertilization practices, and crop loads affect the quality and flavor properties of harvested fresh produce. However, postharvest quality is also affected by many practices during and after harvest such as temperature management, controlled and modified atmosphere, coating, physical treatments, biocontrol, and more.
This Special Issue on “Postharvest Disease Development: Pre and/or Postharvest Practices” intend to provide novel insight into fresh produce disease development with a specific focus on above aspects. Your contribution to this topic through literature review or original research paper that deal with either pre or postharvest practices that affect disease development after harvest are welcomed on all fresh produce.
Prof. Dr. Elazar Fallik
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Horticulturae is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- disease control
- disease development
- fresh produce
- pre harvest practices
- postharvest practices
- shelf life