Supply Chain Management

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

This latest edition of Agriculture Handbook 66 (AH-66) represents a complete revision of the 1986 edition. It has been reorganized and now includes 17 chapters and 138 commodity summaries written by nearly a hundred experts in plant biology and postharvest technology.

This version—like the previous editions of AH-66 in 1954, 1968, 1977, and 1986—presents summaries of current storage requirements of fresh fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, and other horticultural crops.

However, this highly improved and expanded version 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.

In addition, a large number of fruits and vegetables were added, as well as sections on food safety, nutritional quality, texture, and fresh-cut produce.

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