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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: POSTHARVEST TREATMENT OF TROPICAL COMMODITIES FOR QUARANTINE SECURITY, QUALITY MAINTENANCE, AND VALUE ENHANCEMENT

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Title: Thermal Treatment Protocol Development and Scale-up

Authors
item Tang, J. - WSU
item Wang, S. - WSU
item Armstrong, John

Submitted to: Heat Treatments for Postharvest Pest Control: Theory and Practice
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: February 27, 2007
Publication Date: August 20, 2007
Citation: Tang, J., Wang, S., Armstrong, J. 2007. Thermal Treatment Protocol Development and Scale-up. In Tang, J., Mitcham, E., Wang, S., Lurie, S., editors. Heat Treatments for Postharvest Pest Control: Theory and Practice. Wallingford, UK:CAB International. p. 291-310.

Interpretive Summary: This book chapter details the developmental stages for providing industry with efficacious quarantine heat treatments, with specific references to commercializing radio frequency heat treatments that provide quarantine security, commodity quality and shelf life. Consideration is given to commercializing quarantine heat treatments to fit within normal industry practices in order to save time and postharvest handling and treatment costs.

Technical Abstract: Development of thermal treatments requires a sequential approach consisting of laboratory tests to identify one or more heat treatment technologies that can be used for a specific commodity to control target quarantine pests without adversely affecting commodity quality or shelf life. Small scale tests are performed with the selected treatment(s) to identify the most efficacious treatment parameters that meet both industry and regulatory standards and provide the best commodity quality. Commercial equipment is designed to fit industry practices, and confirmatory tests are performed to prove the equipment and the treatment provide quarantine security on a commercial scale. This chapter details each of these quarantine heat treatment developmental stages with specific references to commercializing radio frequency heat treatments.

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