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, while 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.