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Postharvest Technology for Non-Climacteric Fruits: Best Practices and Benefits

July 5, 2024 at 7:37 pm | Updated July 5, 2024 at 7:37 pm | 12 min read

Non-climacteric fruits have a short storage life as they must be harvested ripe. Several steps, like precooling and treatments, prepare the non-climacteric fruits for quality retention. Modified atmospheric packaging, controlled atmospheric storage, and different packaging systems maintain suitable environmental conditions during storing, transportation, and marketing to extend shelf life. Ripening is the last stage of… Continue reading…

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Understanding Fresh Produce Spoilage: Five Causes and Prevention

Various reasons are behind the fresh produce spoilage of the vast diversity of fruits and vegetables. Respiration, transpiration, microbial growth, damage and injury, and internal degradation are common causes. Product-specific temperature thresholds, relative humidity, ethylene, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are the five ambient conditions that determine the spoilage rate. Controlling ambient conditions helps to reduce… Continue reading…

Enhancing Avocado Quality: Comprehensive Insights into Production and Postharvest Techniques

Scientists are trying to optimize growing conditions, such as tree density and pollinator numbers, for better avocado quality. Studies also focus on the factors that will influence storage conditions. Country of origin emerges as a crucial factor, along with variety, in determining optimum temperatures. Multivariate models are recommended to reduce ripening heterogeneity in the supply… Continue reading…

How to Extend the Shelf Life of Fresh Produce: Innovations in Gas Monitoring and Controlled Atmospheres

Extend the shelf life of fresh produce: Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ethylene are monitored in all postharvest stages, including controlled atmosphere storage and transport facilities and modified atmosphere packaging. Ethylene is monitored to manage and maintain fresh produce quality, ripeness, and shelf life by detecting ethylene accumulation hotspots. Oxygen and carbon dioxide estimation helps to… Continue reading…

Carbon Dioxide Technology in Food Preservation: Extending Shelf Life and Ensuring Safety

Carbon dioxide technology in food preservation lowers fruit respiration rate to maintain quality and extend marketing time. CO2 antimicrobial properties make food safe to meet consumer demands and protect crop yields. Carbon dioxide technology is useful during transportation, storage, and retailing. The food supply chain uses many strategies to increase food production, extend fresh produce… Continue reading…

Application of Handheld Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) as a Portable Phenotyping Tool in Horticultural and Agronomic Breeding Programs

By Galen George, Director of Applied Science at Felix Instruments. Introduction Plant breeding stands as a cornerstone of horticulture and agronomy, disciplines vital for the sustainability and advancement of agriculture worldwide. This scientific practice, which involves the selective crossing of plants to produce new cultivars with desirable traits, is fundamental in addressing the multifaceted challenges… Continue reading…

How Fresh Produce Quality Control Meters Save Money By Reducing Loss and Time

Perishable fresh produce is the food group with the most significant loss. Preharvest and postharvest quality monitoring can control quality to reduce losses at critical points in the supply chain. User-friendly precision quality meters based on near-infrared spectroscopy cut analysis time and give objective, accurate results to reduce working time. The fresh produce supply chain… Continue reading…

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