Pre- and Post-harvest Factors Regulating Secondary Metabolites in Fruit

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2024 | Viewed by 99

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Research Group in Plant Production and Technology, Plant Sciences and Microbiology Department, Miguel Hernández University, Ctra. de Beniel, km 3,2. 03312 Orihuela, Alicante, Spain
Interests: pomology; food quality; primary and secondary metabolites; antioxidant activity
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania, Via Santa Sofica 100, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: ecophysiology; irrigation management and water use efficiency; biochemical compound; cultivar and rootstock evaluation; qualitative characterization; post-harvest management

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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania, Via Santa Sofica 100, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: pre-harvest physiology; pomology; food quality; antioxidant activity; fruit metabolism and ripening

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, fruits have received increased interest as good sources of natural antioxidants and bioactive compounds. These biochemical constituents, which play a pivotal role in human nutrition and health, are an important source of vitamins, minerals, and other disease-fighting phytochemicals. In particular, fruit biochemical compounds are studied in epidemiological studies for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, with beneficial effects on human health, lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancers.

In this context, it is important to investigate the modifications occurring during maturity and how they affect tree and ripening processes post-harvest. In addition, a number of pre-harvest factors affect fruit quality, i.e. environmental conditions, genotype, rootstock influence, cultural practices and agronomic techniques, mineral nutrition, water supply, etc.

The items linked to the post-harvest management of fruit are topical factors that influence qualitative traits, i.e., cultivar, maturity stage, harvest period, and applied technologies (sorting and grading, packaging, storage conditions and transportation), during the post-harvest chain.

In light of the above statement, this Special Issue will extensively cover the topics of pre- and post-harvest factors, focusing on fruit physiology and biochemistry in order to maintain the overall quality of fresh produce. 

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Pilar Legua Murcia
Prof. Dr. Alberto Continella
Dr. Giulia Modica
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  • crop growth and yield
  • food quality
  • pomology
  • biochemical compound
  • pre- and post-harvest
  • maturation

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