Definitive Handbook of Postharvest Technology
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Handbook of Postharvest Technology
Cereals, Fruits, Vegetables, Tea, and Spices
edited by
Amalendu Chakraverty et al

From processing, handling, drying, and milling to storage, packaging, and distribution, Handbook of Postharvest Technology presents the latest methods in the manufactuare and supply of grains, fruits, vegetables, and spices—detailing the physiology, structure, composition, and characteristics of grains and crops, as well as recent cooling and preservation techniques to maintain quality and decrease spoilage and withering of agricultural products.

The Handbook of Postharvest Technology outlines useful programs to:

  • design the best handling, aeration, and storage equipment
  • sustain optimal atmospheric composition, temperature, and humidity in storage facilities
  • select the most appropriate packaging and preservation procedures for extending shelf life
  • reduce the occurrence of pests, insects, mold, disease, and deterioration during food storage
  • prevent temperature variations, water loss, bruising, and contamination during fruit and vegetable transporation
  • grade, classify, and evaluate fruits and vegetables

and discusses:

  • the conversion of biomass resources into food, feed, chemicals, energy, and other value-added products
  • the components and function of harvesting and drying machines and systems
  • volatile monitoring for early disease detection


  1. Properties, Grades, Harvesting, and Threshing

    1. Structure and Composition of Cereal Grains and Legumes
    2. Physical and Thermal Properties of Cereal Grains
    3. Grain-Grading Systems
    4. Harvesting and Threshing

  2. Drying

    1. Grain Drying: Basic Principles
    2. Grain-Drying Systems
    3. Commercial Grain Dryers

  3. Storage and Handling

    1. Grain Storage: Perspectives and Problems
    2. Structural Considerations: Warehouse and Silo
    3. Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Grain

  4. Milling

    1. Grain-Milling Operations
    2. Specialty Milling
    3. Rice Milling and Processing
    4. Dehulling and Splitting Pulses
    5. Milling of Pulses

  5. Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables

    1. Postharvest Physiology of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    2. Maturity and Quality Grades for Fruits and Vegetables
    3. Cooling and Storage
    4. Packaging of Fruits and Vegetables
    5. Transportation and Handling of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    6. Potential Applications of Volatile Monitoring in Storage
    7. Irradiation of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, and Spicess
    8. Drying of Fruits, Vegetables, and Spices

  6. Postharvest Technology of Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa

    1. Coffee: A Perspective on Processing and Products
    2. Tea: An Appraisal of Processing Methods and Products
    3. postharvest Technology of Cocoa

  7. Biomass, By-Products, and Control Aspects

    1. Conversion and Utilization of Biomass
    2. Utilization of By-Products of Fruit and Vegetable Processing
    3. Control Aspects of Postharvest Technologies


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Handbook of Postharvest Technology
Cereals, Fruits, Vegetables, Tea, and Spices
edited by Amalendu Chakraverty et al

2003 • 884 pages • $266.95 + shipping

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