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R. Karina Gallardo, Eugene Kupferman and Ann Colonna

Marketing of fresh fruits is evolving as consumers are becoming increasingly demanding of quality. Today's breeders, postharvest scientists, and the industry in general have to pay closer attention to consumers’ quality demands to guarantee

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Fang Xiao, Zaiqiang Yang, Haijing Huang, Fei Yang, Liyun Zhu and Dong Han

, and it is also an important factor to improve yield and quality of tea ( Ruan et al., 2001 ). Nitrogen, either from organic or mineral fertilization, plays an important role in the growth and development of tea tree. Meanwhile, it is an important

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Baomei Yang, Guoliang Li, Shaohai Yang, Zhaohuan He, Changmin Zhou and Lixian Yao

usually deficient in nitrogen and potassium ( Li et al., 2011 , 2012 ). In addition to its significant effect on fruit yield and quality, potassium and nitrogen nutrition is also essential to fruit storability. Earlier studies showed that appropriate

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Engin Ertan, Esra Erdal, Gülsüm Alkan and Burak E. Algül

), Sclerotinia sp., and Gibberella sp. ( Donis-Gonzalez et al., 2009a ). Chestnut quality is measured by external factors such as color, shape, size, surface blemishes, and molds, which are very important for consumer acceptance. Internal disorders may result

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Liping Kou, Tianbao Yang, Xianjin Liu and Yaguang Luo

high nutritional value and sensory appeal ( Kou et al., 2013 , 2014a ; Xiao et al., 2012 ). However, their commercial production and marketing is limited by their short shelf life due to rapid quality deterioration ( Berba and Uchanski, 2012

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Hui-juan Zhou, Zheng-wen Ye, Ming-shen Su, Ji-hong Du and Xiong-wei Li

to CI and quality rapidly deteriorates—this requires appropriate safe postharvest treatments and storage techniques to extend storage and shelf life. Heat treatment can be used postharvest for many different fruits ( Lurie and Pedresch, 2014 ). A

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Carolina Contreras, Mauricio González-Agüero and Bruno G. Defilippi

), and in recent years, research has focused on genetic improvement of fruit quality ( Levy et al., 2006 ; Rodríguez-Burruezo et al., 2004b , 2011 ). The pepino fruit is a diploid (2 n = 24) subtropical species and is also known as melon pear, melon

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Paolo Benincasa, Francesco Tei and Adolfo Rosati

rural areas where high quality and price, rather than high yields, represent the only possible competitive strategy for market crops. The spears of wild asparagus are smaller than those of A. officinalis and the crown, although large, does not rise

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Meng Li, Huanhuan Zhi and Yu Dong

Sweet cherry is a highly perishable fruit with a short storage life. Fruit firmness (FF) is an important quality trait that has an impact on storage potential, disorder resistance, and decay development ( Kappel et al., 1996 ). Poor appearance of

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Ricardo Goenaga, Mark Guiltinan, Siela Maximova, Ed Seguine and Heber Irizarry

., 2008 ), this is the first study reporting long-term production data, which compare yield performance and quality traits of cacao trees propagated by grafting and SE-ORC. Although there were significant differences between plant propagation treatments