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Postharvest Application of Biopolymer-Based Edible Coatings to Improve the Quality of Fresh Horticultural Produce

  • Bahareh Saberi
  • John B. Golding
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Abstract

Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential part of the human diet and with increasing growth in the world population and globalization of the supply chain, there is high consumer demand for fresh high quality fruit and vegetables with satisfactory shelf-life. Fruit and vegetables are living perishable commodities and maintaining their eating quality requires delaying and slowing the loss of quality and microbial spoilage in the supply chain. To actively manage produce quality, it is essential to understand the physiology and pathology associated with the storage and handling of fresh fruit and vegetables, for example changes in internal gas and volatiles composition within the produce affect the respiration and senescence rates of stored produce and hence final eating quality. Biopolymers including polysaccharides, proteins and lipids used alone or in combination, have been widely studied as edible coatings for fresh produce due to their widespread availability, ability to control gaseous exchange and to delay senescence, as well as their capability as a medium to carry various additives which can assist with the maintenance of produce quality. This chapter describes and discusses on selected biopolymer based edible coatings and their various applications on fresh fruit and vegetables to extend their shelf life and to improve final eating and nutritional quality through the supply chain.

Keywords

Shelf life 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This chapter was supported by NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Australian Citrus Postharvest Science Program (CT15010) with Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd.

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  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Information Technology, School of Environmental and Life SciencesUniversity of NewcastleOurimbahAustralia
  2. 2.NSW Department of Primary IndustriesOurimbahAustralia

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