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303276 (v.2) Post Harvest Horticulture and Quality Management 301



Muresk Institute



Contact Hours:



1 x 2 Hours Weekly


1 x 0.5 Hours Weekly


1 x 0.5 Hours Weekly


4 x 4 Hours Quarterly


Explore the post-harvest phase, quality of product, pre-harvest and post harvest conditions affecting quality, physiological and commercial maturity and maturity indices. Post-harvest physiological processes affecting shelf life and quality, factors affecting the post harvest physiological processes, physiological disorders, pests and diseases. Commodity treatments, handling, packing and distribution, storage, minimal processing and quality management and evaluation of fruit and vegetables.

Unit Outcomes:

On completion of this unit students will have - Explained the importance of the post harvest phase of production for horticultural crops. Describe pre-harvest treatment conditions, which impact, on post-harvest quality of horticultural crops. Relate postharvest physiological processes to harvesting, handling, transport and storage of harvested horticultural products. Analyse the impact of factors such as temperature, humidity, light and the composition of the atmosphere surrounding the fruit on post-harvest physiological processes, Physiological disorders and on quality of the harvested product. Explain the techniques and the reasons for the preparation of horticultural products for the market. Discussed techniques for controlling deterioration of harvested horticultural products including cool storage, modified atmosphere, controlled atmosphere storage and minimal processing of harvested product. Identified appropriate methods to apply to given products. Relate product distribution methods and the impact of handling and transport on the shelf life and quality of the product. Applied subjective (hedonic) and appropriate objective quality assessment to horticultural products. Evaluated the impact of quality assurance on domestic and export sales.

Texts and references listed below are for your information only and current as of September 30, 2003. Some units taught offshore are modified at selected locations. Please check with the unit coordinator for up-to-date information and approved offshore variations to unit information before finalising study and textbook purchases.

Unit References:

Dris, R., Niskanen, R. and Jain, M., (2001), Crop Management and Post harvest Handling of Horticultural Products. Plymouth, Science Publishers Inc. Kader, A. A., (1992), Post harvest Technology of Horticultural crops. New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold. Mitra, S.K., (1997), Post harvest Physiology and Storage of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits. Oxon, CAB. Salunkhe, D.k. and Kadam, S.S., (1998), Handbook of Fruit Science and Technology, Production, Composition, Storage and Processing. New York, Marcel DekkerInc. Thompson, A.K., (1996), Post harvest Technology of Fruit and Vegetables. United Kingdom, Blackwell Science. Thompson, A.k., (1998), Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit and Vegetables. New York, CAB.

Unit Texts:

Wills, R.B.H., McGlasson, W.B., Graham, D., Lee, T.H. and Hall, E.G. (1996). Post-harvest: An Introduction to the Physiology and Handling of Fruit and Vegetables. 4th ed. Kensington, New South Wales University Press.

Unit Assessment Breakdown:

Final exam 45%, Major assignment 15%, Mid test15%, Report on feild trip, excercises on the practicals 25%. This is by grade/mark assessment.

Field of Education:

 50303 Viticulture

HECS Band (if applicable):


Extent to which this unit or thesis utilises online information:


Result Type:



YearLocationPeriodInternalArea ExternalCentral External
2004Bentley CampusSemester 1Y  

refers to external course/units run by the School or Department, offered online or through Web CT, or offered by research.
refers to external course/units run through the Curtin Bentley-based Distance Education Area

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