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Factors affecting postharvest management of apples: a guide to optimising quality


Nissen, R and Bound, S and Adhikari, R and Cover, I, Factors affecting postharvest management of apples: a guide to optimising quality, Australia, pp. 127. ISBN 9781925646160 (2018) [Authored Other Book]

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Copyright 2018 Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources; Fruit Growers Tasmania; Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and University of Tasmania

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Historically the Australian apple industry has exported to over 30 countries, but following a slump in apple exports due to loss of several markets in the mid 1970ís, exports have been growing steadily in recent years. Information provided in this manual is to assist and improve the knowledge of Australian apple growers who are considering sending their fruit to export markets. The aim of the manual is to assist growers to achieve the highest possible fruit quality to optimise the eating experience for consumers of Australian apples and ensure continued market access.

Fruit quality can be lost at any stage in the supply chain, including during harvesting, handling, storage and transport. So to maintain quality, attention to detail is important at all levels in the supply chain.

Engineering aspects of constructing and fitting out cold rooms and storage facilities are not covered in this guide. This is due to the wide array of storage facilities in terms of construction, age, coolers, scrubbers and equipment to control the atmosphere used in the storage facilities. Therefore, we assume that apple growers and exporters meet the requirements to cool fruit, maintain temperatures and controlled atmosphere conditions accurately as per the market access protocols for each country they wish to service.

Quality assurance systems are increasingly important to allow market access, however handling and storage conditions appropriate for each cultivar require careful monitoring. It is critically important to maintain strategies to preserve quality of harvested apples by reducing respiration and ethylene production during the postharvest phase. Good postharvest management maintains quality by reducing the ripening and metabolic (biochemical) processes that result in unwanted changes in colour, texture, flavour, composition and nutritional status. In addition, good postharvest practices also reduce water loss and gas production which results in shrivelling and shrinkage, softening, and change in appearance (the good; the not so good; the down-right ugly).

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Other Book
Keywords:quality, postharvest handling, supply chain, quality assurance
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Pome fruit, pip fruit
UTAS Author:Nissen, R (Dr Robert Nissen)
UTAS Author:Bound, S (Dr Sally Bound)
UTAS Author:Adhikari, R (Dr Rajendra Adhikari)
UTAS Author:Cover, I (Mr Ian Cover)
ID Code:125781
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-05-04
Last Modified:2019-12-23

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