International Journal of Food Science

Postharvest Management Approaches for Maintaining Quality of Fresh Horticultural Produce

Publishing date
01 Nov 2021
Submission deadline
02 Jul 2021

1Università degli Studi di Palermo , Palermo, Italy

2Università degli Studi di Bari , Bari, Italy

3Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, La Laguna, Spain

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Postharvest Management Approaches for Maintaining Quality of Fresh Horticultural Produce

This issue is now closed for submissions.


Fruits and vegetables are a substantial portion of the food supply chain and are depended on globally for good health and nutrition. The supply of good food, however, greatly depends on good postharvest handling practices. Although substantial research has been carried out to preserve the quality of fresh horticultural produce, further research, particularly on safety, is still required.

Temperature management and dehydration control are the two most important strategies to extend shelf life and retain the quality of those fruits and vegetables. Other supplements, such as a controlled and modified atmosphere, 1-methylcyclopropene, edible coatings, fumigation, and heat treatment can further enhance their storability. On the other hand, due to growing concerns about food safety and environmental issues, a major goal for postharvest handling of tropical or subtropical and temperate horticultural should emphasise both the effective preservation of the quality attributes, and the use of appropriate technologies considered safe with low or no adverse environmental impact.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent advances in the maintenance of horticultural products quality. We are highly interested and encourage papers that focus on new sustainable production practices, innovative use of technology, quality evaluation, sustainability, consumer attitude, creative new product development in all steps of production and distribution chain. Both original research and review articles are welcomed.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Testing procedures for quality assurance of fruits and vegetables during postharvest storage and marketing
  • Emerging technologies to enhance the quality of fruits and vegetables
  • Physiology and technology of fresh-cut products and their specific influences on quality changes
  • Non-destructive quality assessment methods
  • Quality changes in fruit and vegetables during handling, processing, and cold storage
  • Management and control of ethylene focused on maintenance of fruit and vegetables quality
  • Factors that can contribute to the loss of fruit and vegetables quality
  • Pre-harvest treatments that can affect postharvest fruit and vegetables behaviour
  • Postharvest physiology, processing and packaging to reduce losses and maintain fruit quality
  • Marketing channels and consumer choice
  • Application of sensory descriptive analysis and consumer studies
  • Effect of edible coating (EC) and their composition
  • Bioactive compounds in fresh-cut fruits: occurrence and impact of processing
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