|Title:||Application of Postharvest Technologies for Vegetable Crops in Taiwan||Authors:||Tsu-Tsuen Wang||Issue Date:||Dec-2010||Publisher:||農業試驗所||Related Publication(s):||農業試驗所特刊第147號||Start page/Pages:||12-18||Source:||Technology on Reducing Post-harvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruits and Vegetables Proceedings of 2010 AARDO Workshop||Conference:||2010 AARDO Workshop on Technology on Reducing Post-harvest Losses and Maintaining Quality of Fruits and Vegetables||Abstract:||
The production of vegetables in Taiwan has the following characteristics: year-round production, multiple weather conditions, plentiful in species, and small farm system. Vegetable production and marketing teams are formed by growers that produce same kinds of vegetable in a region. It is a very common type of professional vegetable grower’s organization. They market their products under the same brand name by cooperative marketing. Due to faulty handling systems, vegetable crops suffered significant losses after shipment to Taipei in the 80’s. The recognition and application of postharvest technology in the late 80’s helped to improve the quality of vegetables and reduced the losses. The development of precooling methods, from top-icing and hydrocooling to forced-air cooling and vacuum cooling were considered as significant progresses in the postharvest technology in Taiwan. The extensive use of refrigerated storage by the growers helped maintaining the freshness of harvested vegetables. Both controlled and modified atmosphere storage systems had been studied and promising results were reported for short term storage of leafy vegetables. A high-temperature storage system, based on the thermo-dormancy phenomenon, was developed to extent the storage life of garlic bulbs in Taiwan.
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