Modelling postharvest quality behaviour as affected by preharvest conditions

L.M.M. Tijskens, R.H. Veltman, E. Heuvelink, M. Simcic

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Some hundred years ago, wise men decided that preharvest research and applications had to be regarded separated from the postharvest handling and behaviour. Over the years, both areas developed completely separated. Control over both areas was obtained by different companies and advisory boards, with mostly not too good means of communication between them. This decision hampered seriously the consistent and integral development of knowledge on food production and usage. Bridging the gap between all the knowledge and expertise available in the preharvest area of growing food and the postharvest area of storing and processing food, has become and is still becoming more and more important over the last couple of years. In this paper, based on theoretical considerations, on plausible (but unproven) mechanisms and applying the fundamental rules of chemical kinetics, a pathway to deduce general and generic models is developed towards a possible approach to integrate all available knowledge. Still the validity of this approach is not proven. However, a number of examples from both the applied as well as the fundamental point of view are elaborated to indicate such an interaction exists, and to indicate how to tackle the modelling problem. The examples range from physiological disorders like core brown, internal brown, chilling injury and the biological age of individual tomatoes in truss tomatoes as related to the maturity at harvest
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-477
JournalActa Horticulturae
Issue number599
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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