Optimal distribution of fresh horticultural products entails prolonging their freshness and nutritional quality as long as possible after harvest. A major limitation to their marketing is decay after harvest, which is caused primarily by fungal pathogens. Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce provides a comprehensive resource of information about the biology and control of postharvest diseases of many fresh horticultural products, citing sources from appropriate literature of any age, rather than only the most recent.

The etiology and symptoms of postharvest diseases and the biology of postharvest pathogens are reviewed by leading experts, who are familiar with many of world’s most popular fresh fruits and vegetables and the diseases that affect them.

Key aspects related to infection and epidemiology, methods to minimize postharvest decay losses, including use of conventional fungicides and alternative management strategies, harvest and handling practices, and other aspects are described for the most significant temperate, subtropical, and tropical fruits as well as fruit-like vegetables and leafy vegetables.


  • Provides comprehensive academic and practical reviews of postharvest diseases of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Discusses the economic importance, etiology, and epidemiology of the most significant postharvest diseases
  • Includes quality color plates that allow the practical identification of disease symptoms
  • Explains practical postharvest disease management actions, including the use of conventional fungicides and alternatives to their use

The authors summarize a massive quantity of published information, and often apply their own considerable practical experience to identify and interpret the most significant information. This book is a valuable and comprehensive resource for industry professionals, academics, educators, students, consultants, pest control advisors, regulatory personnel, and others interested in this subject.

part Section I|2 pages

Postharvest Diseases of Fresh Horticultural Produce

chapter Chapter 1|52 pages

Citrus Fruits

ByJoseph L. Smilanick, Arno Erasmus, Lluís Palou

chapter Chapter 2|56 pages

Pome Fruits

ByDavide Spadaro, Rosario Torres, Deena Errampalli, Kerry Everett, Lucia Ramos, Marta Mari

chapter Chapter 3|30 pages

Stone Fruits

ByMarta Mari, Davide Spadaro, Carla Casals, Marina Collina, Antonieta De Cal, Josep Usall

chapter Chapter 4|46 pages

Table Grape, Kiwifruit, and Strawberry

ByGianfranco Romanazzi, Philip A.G. Elmer, Erica Feliziani

chapter Chapter 5|40 pages

Pomegranate, Persimmon, and Loquat

ByLluís Palou, Pervin Kinay-Teksür, Shifeng Cao, George Karaoglanidis, Antonio Vicent

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages


BySilvia Bautista-Baños, Rosa Isela Ventura-Aguilar, Margarita de Lorena Ramos-García

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages


BySubbaraman Sriram, Darisi Venkata Sudhakar Rao

chapter Chapter 8|26 pages

Banana and Plantain

ByDionisio G. Alvindia

chapter Chapter 9|36 pages

Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae Crops

ByNikos Tzortzakis, Noam Alkan, Carmit Ziv, Lise Korsten

chapter Chapter 10|34 pages

Leafy Vegetables

ByJohn Golding, Len Tesoriero, Rosalie Daniel

part Section II|2 pages

General Aspects of Infection Causing Postharvest Disease

chapter Chapter 11|32 pages

Molecular Insights into the Pathogenicity of Necrotrophic Fungi Causing Postharvest Diseases

ByLuis González-Candelas, Ana-Rosa Ballester

chapter Chapter 12|30 pages

Mechanisms of Fungal Quiescence during Development and Ripening of Fruits

ByDov Prusky, Carmit Ziv

chapter Chapter 13|24 pages

Detection and Control of Postharvest Toxigenic Fungi and Their Related Mycotoxins

BySimona Marianna Sanzani, Antonio Ippolito

part Section III|2 pages

Novel Technologies to Control Postharvest Decay of Fruits and Vegetables

chapter Chapter 14|36 pages

Biocontrol of Postharvest Diseases with Antagonistic Microorganisms

BySamir Droby, Michael Wisniewski, Neus Teixidó, Davide Spadaro, M. Haïssam Jijakli

chapter Chapter 15|22 pages

Toward Probiotic Postharvest Biocontrol Antagonists

Appraisal of Obstacles
ByAnjani M. Karunaratne, Buddhie S. Nanayakkara

chapter Chapter 16|18 pages

Control of Postharvest Decay of Fresh Produce by Heat Treatments; the Risks and the Benefits

ByElazar Fallik, Zoran Ilic’

chapter Chapter 17|56 pages

UV-C Hormesis

A Means of Controlling Diseases and Delaying Senescence in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables during Storage
ByArturo Duarte-Sierra, Marie Thérèse Charles, Joseph Arul

chapter Chapter 18|38 pages

Reducing or Replacing Conventional Postharvest Fungicides with Low Toxicity Acids and Salts

BySalvatore D’Aquino, Amedeo Palma

chapter Chapter 19|26 pages

Extracts and Plant-Derived Compounds as Natural Postharvest Fungicides

ByRosalba Troncoso-Rojas, Martín Ernesto Tiznado-Hernández, Tania Elisa González-Soto, Alberto González-León

chapter Chapter 21|36 pages

Chitosan and Other Edible Coatings for Fresh Fruit Postharvest Disease Control

ByEvandro Leite de Souza, Lúcia Raquel Ramos Berger, Anna Marín, María B. Pérez-Gago, Lluís Palou

chapter Chapter 22|44 pages


Gels to Reduce Fruit Disease and Maintain Quality Properties
ByDomingo Martínez-Romero, Fabián Guillén, Salvador Castillo, Pedro Javier Zapata, Juan Miguel Valverde, María Serrano, Daniel Valero

chapter Chapter 23|36 pages

Antifungal Peptides and Proteins with Activity against Fungi Causing Postharvest Decay

ByJose F. Marcos, Mónica Gandía, Sandra Garrigues, Paloma Manzanares, María Coca

chapter Chapter 24|24 pages

Induced Resistance in Fruits and Vegetables by Elicitors to Control Postharvest Diseases

ByBi Yang, Xue Huali, Wang Junjie