This new book provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage on sustainable production processes for fresh market and canning peaches and nectarines, including orchard establishment, production, pests and diseases, postharvest handling and uses. Peaches are a highly valuable temperate fruit crop with significant consumer demand and nutraceutical benefits. This book includes fundamental information to help reduce production risks for growers, improve fruit quality, and increase potential market returns, whilst addressing current emerging issues such as climate change and shifting global and regional production practices.
Written by an international team of expert authors and highly illustrated in full color throughout, Peach presents information in an organized and easy-to-follow manner, with content including:
- Fruit quality, composition and nutritional benefits.
- Production physiology of growth and cropping.
- Orchard design and establishment, tree architecture, field management and harvesting.
- Non-destructive peach fruit maturity and quality assessment.
- Postharvest physiology and technology, including supply chain management protocols and transportation.
This is an essential resource for students and professionals in pomology including fruit growers, consultants and extension specialists, cold storage and transportation managers, as well as a tool for researchers involved in temperate tree fruits, crop science, and production.
George Manganaris is Director of the CUT Fruit Sciences & Postharvest Group at Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). He was awarded his PhD degree in 2004 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and thereafter he worked as Research Associate at the University of California, Davis and at the University of Padova after receiving a Marie Curie Individual Intra European fellowship. In 2009, he joined the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science at Cyprus University of Technology, initially as Lecturer (2009-2013), then as Assistant Professor (2014-2018), and from March 2019 onwards as Associate Professor. His main scientific interests include the quality evaluation of fresh fruits with the employment of physiological, biochemical and molecular approaches, the elucidation of fruit ripening syndrome with emphasis in the development of physiological disorders and overall, the postharvest maintenance of fresh produce. Additionally, he is involved in projects and/or synergies dealing with the application of preharvest treatments and/or novel technologies for maintaining quality of horticultural crops and their responsiveness to abiotic conditions. To date, Dr. Manganaris is the author of 52 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals (2100 citations, h-index=23). He is Council Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and is board member of European Fruit Research Institute Network. He was appointed by the Hellenic Quality Assurance Agency of Higher Education to participate in the External Evaluation and Certification process of six Departments in Greece and the Editor of the Proceedings of the V International Postharvest Unlimited Symposium, (Acta Horticulturae 1079) and the III International Horticulture in Europe Symposium (Acta Horticulturae 1242). Dr. Manganaris is Associate Editor/Editorial board member of Postharvest Biology and Technology, Scientia Horticulturae, BMC Plant Biology, Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology.
Guglielmo Costa served in the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bologna from 1969 to 1985 as Assistant and Associate Professor in Fruit Science. In 1986, he became Full Professor of Fruit Science, and moved to the University of Udine, where he served as Head of Produzioni vegetali Dept and Director of Experimental Agricultural Farm until 1997. He transferred back to the University of Bologna and served in the Fruit Trees and Woody Plant Science Dept for two terms until 2015. Professor Costa began his career with investigations on agronomic, genetic, and chemical methods to control vegetative growth in the main temperate fruit species. He was particularly interested in the use of plant growth regulators (growth retardants, thinning agents, fruit set promoters, ethylene inhibitors affecting maturation and ripening of fruit). It is this use of plant growth regulators in fruit crop management that is probably the area of research for which he is best known in Italy as well as overseas. His other two major interests are i) the kiwifruit research carried out since the introduction of the species in Italy and ii) the non-destructive assessment and prediction of fruit quality, particularly by use of near infrared spectroscopy and E-nose. The result of the research in this field was the development of devices, such as the DA-meter, patented by the University of Bologna and now widely used in the industry. Professor Costa has more than 90 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, several hundred technical publications, and a large number of conference presentations and related proceedings including about 90 papers in at least 40 different volumes of Acta Horticulturae. He actively promotes international cooperation in education; the most outstanding example of this is the International Master Course in Horticultural Science (IMaHS), an Erasmus Mundus project funded by the European Union. Professor Costa is a member of several national and international societies. As for ISHS, Professor Costa is affiliate since 1973, served as Chair of the Plant Bioregulators and of "Kiwifruit and its culture" (attended all the ISHS Symposia on Kiwifruit) and as a Chair of the Pome and Stone Fruit Section." He is the vice-chair of Division Vine and Berry Fruit (DVIN). He was the Convener of the XI Plant Bioregulators Symposium (2009, Bologna), of the VII Kiwifruit Symposium (2010, Faenza), and the ISHS Non-destructive Assessment of Fruit Attributes Symposium at the 29th IHC in Brisbane. He has long been involved with the EUFRIN (European Fruit Research Institutes Network) Working Group on Fruit Thinning and has led the group since 1994. He has been the Chair of the ISHS WG twice. Professor Costa has received i) Hort+Research, New Zealand Honorary Fellowship, ii) Dedication of a volume of Horticultural Reviews in recognition of his contributions to horticulture and horticultural research both in Italy and throughout the world, and iii) the ISHS Fellow Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to horticultural science worldwide at the IHC, Istanbul, 2018.
Carlos H. Crisosto is Director of the Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center, UC Davis. The focus of his research and extension program is the postharvest biology and technology of fruits, especially peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, table grapes, figs, kiwifruits, olives, and persimmons, as well as pistachios, almonds and walnuts. The goal of his research program is to develop a better understanding of the orchard factors and postharvest factors that control fruit flavor and shelf life and to develop technology to overcome fruit industry problems. He applies genomic techniques to identify gene(s) responsible for fruit sensory attributes (both desirable and undesirable), and investigating physiological disorders such as chilling injury.
Fresh market; canning; peach; nectarine; pomology; temperate fruit crop; crop production; orchard establishment; postharvest handling; tree architecture; harvesting; non-destructive peach fruit maturity and quality assessment; pests and diseases; physiology and technology; precision agriculture; horticulture; crop science; temperate tree fruit; cold storage and transportation; produce; climate change