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The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks: Click here to view publication online (pdf file).

The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks

Edited by Kenneth C. Gross, Chien Yi Wang, and Mikal Saltveit

The purpose of storing plant material is to lengthen the time it can be consumed or used. In doing so, it is critical to provide an environment that minimizes deterioration, maintains microbial safety, and retains other quality attributes. Agriculture Handbook 66 (AH-66) provides guidelines and other important information for storing and handling horticultural commodities to accomplish this. This latest edition of AH-66 represents a complete revision and major expansion of the 1986 edition. It has been reorganized and now includes 138 commodity summaries written by nearly a hundred experts in plant science and postharvest technology. This edition, like those of 1954, 1968, 1977, and 1986, presents summaries of current storage requirements of fresh fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, and other horticultural crops. However, this highly expanded edition also includes information on quality characteristics, maturity indices, grading, packaging, precooling, retail display, chilling sensitivity, ethylene production and sensitivity, respiration rates, physiological disorders, postharvest pathology, quarantine issues, and suitability as fresh-cut product. A large number of fruits and vegetables were added, as well as sections on food safety, nutritional quality, texture, and fresh-cut produce. B&W, 788 pages.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Handbook 66

Revised February 2016

To obtain a copy of the print edition or an electronic edition (CD or USB) while supplies last, contact Catherine Parsons, USDA-ARS Food Quality Laboratory, 10300 Baltimore Ave., Bldg. 002, Beltsville, MD 20705;

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