Special Issue "Postharvest Quality of Fresh Produce Grown in Controlled Environment Agriculture"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Physiology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 90

Special Issue Editors

USDA-ARS, Food Quality Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
Interests: flavor of horticultural commodities; digital food (fresh produce) environment; postharvest technology
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Department of Agricultural, Forest, and Food Sciences (DISAFA), Vegetable Crops and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (VEGMAP), University of Turin, Grugliasco, Italy
Interests: horticultural sciences; advanced production systems; postharvest of fresh produce; urban horticulture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many of the advances in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA), including those in vertical farming, hydroponics, and aeroponics, among other modalities, have focused on optimizing production yields and minimizing costs, notably, due to the use of energy. Understanding plant physiology in response to environmental factors, that in CEA can be regulated, has become of paramount importance. In this Special Issue, we want to provide a forum to share knowledge beyond harvest and answer the overarching question: how plant biology in CEA impacts quality of the products during the farm-to-table interface. We welcome studies that analyze how factors such as light (quality and quantity), air flow, ambient humidity, water availability, microbial and biological communities in CEA, and many others, as well as breeding developments, result in a longer shelf life of products and/or more appealing sensory characteristics of the marketable product. Review papers providing opinions on opportunities that can be further untapped through modern technology (e.g., AI) are of special interest.

Dr. Jorge M. Fonseca
Prof. Dr. Silvana Nicola
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • postharvest in CEA
  • quality of fresh produce
  • regulated stress
  • breeding for quality

Published Papers

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