Postharvest Biology and Technology of Apple

  • Khalid Gul
  • Nisar Ahmad Mir
  • Preeti Singh
  • Ali Abas Wani


Apple is a climacteric fruit commercially grown in temperate regions of the world. Apple quality and its postharvest life can be influenced by several factors, including harvest maturity, storage conditions, and postharvest treatments. Apples have a relatively long storage life compared with other fruit crops. However, the main problem of apple storage is the decrease of fruit firmness. Fruit ripening is accompanied by softening, which is one of the most important determinants of fruit quality and consumer acceptability. Numerous techniques, including controlled atmosphere storage, modified atmosphere packaging, 1-methlycyclopropene treatment, coatings, etc., have been employed for increasing the shelf life of apple fruit.


Apple Harvesting time Climacteric fruit Cold storage 1-Methylcyclopropene Coating Superficial scald 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khalid Gul
    • 1
  • Nisar Ahmad Mir
    • 2
  • Preeti Singh
    • 3
  • Ali Abas Wani
    • 4
  1. 1.Food Process Engineering Laboratory, School of Applied Life SciencesGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Food Engineering and TechnologySant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET)SangrurIndia
  3. 3.Chair Food Packaging TechnologyTechnical University of MunichFreising-WeihenstephanGermany
  4. 4.Process Development for Plant Raw MaterialsFraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVVFreisingGermany

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