Heat Treatments for Improved Postharvest Quality of Horticultural Crops

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  • 1 Department of Agronomy and Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel.
  • 2 Department of Fruit and Vegetable Storage, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel.

Commercial, ecological, and agrotechnical considerations have recently renewed interest in the use of physical rather than chemical means to maintain postharvest quality of horticultural crops. This review discusses prestorage heat treatments that protect against physiological disorders, enhance natural resistance to pathogen infection, reversibly inhibit fruit ripening, and permit flexibility in storage temperatures.

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