The use of controlled atmosphere storage has great potential to reduce the postharvest use of chemicals, maintain the nutritional quality of fruits and vegetables and reduce physical losses. This revised edition incorporates the latest research to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the range of conditions currently in use, their effect on flavour, quality and physiology, the influence of pests and diseases, environmental factors and packaging as well as a synthesis of recommendations for each fruit and vegetable.
is currently a Visiting Professor at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand and was formally: Professor of Plant Science, University of Asmara, Eritrea; Professor of Postharvest Technology and Head of Department, Cranfield University, UK; Team Leader, EU project at the Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company; Principal Scientific Officer, Tropical Products Institute, London; Postharvest Expert for the UN in the Sudan, Yemen and Korea for the Food and Agriculture Organization, Ghana and Sri Lanka for the International Trade Centre and Gambia for the World Bank; Advisor to the British, Jamaican and Colombian Governments in postharvest technology of fruit and vegetables; Research Fellow in Crop Science, University of the West Indies, Trinidad; Demonstrator in Biometrics at University of Leeds. He has also worked as a consultant for various commercial and government organisations across the world. Professor Thompson has published over 100 journal papers and numerous scientific textbooks over the course of his career.
1: Introduction 2: Effects and Interactions of Controlled Atmosphere Storage 3: Controlled Atmosphere Technology 4: Harvest and Preharvest Factors 5: Pre-storage Treatments 6: Flavour, Quality and Physiology 7: Pests and Diseases 8: Modified Atmosphere Packaging 9: Recommended Controlled Atmosphere Storage Conditions for Selected Crops 10: Transport 11: Glossary