Hormonal and Chemical Preharvest Treatments which Influence Postharvest Quality, Maturity and Storeability of Fruit

  • F. Bangerth
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 46)


The work of a postharvest physiologist is usually concerned with the quality and durability of a product at harvest and in storage. However, this quality, or potential for quality, is often affected or determined long before that time, and storage may in many respects be regarded as the preservation of predetermined quality. In addition, the way a fruit has to be stored greatly depends on its preharvest life, e.g. the extent of its accumulation of calcium, sugars, acids, on cell size and cell number etc. Growth regulators and phytohormones affect most of these processes and the postharvest physiologist should be aware of the potential as well as the problems related to their use.


Growth Regulator Ethylene Production Apple Fruit Apple Cultivar Stone Fruit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Bangerth
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  1. 1.Institut für Obst-, Gemüse- and WeinbauUniversität HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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