Special Issue "Recent Innovations in Post-harvest Preservation and Protection of Agricultural Products—Series II"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2023 | Viewed by 3188
Interests: food and nutrition security; post-harvest engineering; grain quality; non-chemical protection technologies; post-harvest loss reduction
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The global food supply chain relies on engineered systems, operational practices, and logistics to preserve, protect, process, and deliver agricultural crops along complex supply lines from farmers in low-, middle-, and high-income countries to markets around the world. Food and nutrition security is compromised by post-harvest losses (and food waste) that have been estimated to be as high as 20% in durable and 40% in perishable crops. Preserving crops using technologies and practices such as timely harvesting, evaporative cooling, cold and frozen storage, drying, dehydrating, and protecting crops using technologies and practices such as damage-less handling, controlled- and modified-atmosphere storage, non-chemical heat and gas treatment, plant-derived protective films for individual fruits and vegetables, and improved packaging containers are critical to preserving nutrients, improving livelihoods, and realizing an efficient food system.
This second Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and innovations in science, technology, engineering, operational practices, and logistics related to the post-harvest preservation and protection of durable and perishable agricultural crops. It seeks contributions that improve effectiveness, efficiency, reliability and sustainability in post-harvest handling of crops from field to end use that preserve product quality and result in foods and feeds which are nutritious and safe for human and animal consumption.
Key topics in this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:
- Novel methods to preserve end-use quality, shelf-life, and nutritional value of harvested durable and perishable crops;
- Novel methods to protect stored crops from insect pests, fungi, and other spoilage agents;
- Novel sensors and measurement technologies to quantify end-use quality, shelf-life, and nutritional value of harvested crops;
- Automation, monitoring, and control of crop storage technologies and systems;
- Best practices to reduce and prevent post-harvest losses;
- Techno-economic analysis and life-cycle assessment of engineered systems, operational practices, and logistics to preserve, protect, process, and deliver agricultural crops.
Prof. Dr. Dirk E. Maier
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- post-harvest drying, handling, storage
- stored product protection
- crop shelf-life preservation
- post-harvest loss reduction
- crop end-use quality sensors
- engineered crop storage systems
- crop delivery logistics