Specifities of postharvest technology of fruit crops (152073)

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Course description

On this module student acquire knowledge of physiological and biochemical processes in fruits after harvest of main fruit species. This module deals with cooling procedures, postharvest treatments in purpose of maintaining fruit quality and improvement of storability, physiological disorders that occur during storage, sorting and packing. On exercises students will learn how to recognize physiological disorders for specific fruit species. They will also visit cold storage facility where they will be familiarized with technological processes of storage and packing fruits.

Type of course

ECTS: 6.00

E-learning: L1

Teaching hours: 60
Lectures: 36
Practicum: 16
Seminar: 8

Lecturer
Associate teacher for exercises
Associate teacher for seminars
Grading

Sufficient (2): 60 %
Good (3): 70 %
Very good (4): 80 %
Excellent (5): 90 %

General competencies

Student achieves necessary theoretical and practical knowledge needed for work in the field of storage, distribution and placement of different types of fruits on market.

Types of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory practice/exercises
    On exercises students master recognition of symptoms of physiological disorders of different fruit species and they also get familiar with procedures after harvest that are specific for fruit species.
  • Seminars
    Students independently prepare and present a subject related to the subject of this module

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome Evaluation methods
to know physiological processes in main fruit species after harvest written or oral exam
distinguish the fruit storage systems for specific fruit species written or oral exam, laboratory task
explain and implement achieved knowledge and skills in fruit storage of different fruit species written or oral exam
present results of some activities that are related to fruit storage laboratory work, seminar

Working methods

Teachers' obligations

Keeping lectures, exercises and seminars

Students' obligations

Regular attendance to classes, regular attendance to the exams, regular fulfillment of obligations, regularly done laboratory task, positively evaluated seminar

Weekly class schedule

  1. Course introduction, analysis of cold store capacity for fruits in the world and in the Republic of Croatia, the role of fruit storage in fruit production chain.
  2. Morphological and physiological characteristics of fruits
  3. Morphological and physiological characteristics of fruits The morphological and physiological characteristics, physiological disorders of pome fruits
  4. The optimal harvest date, the specifics of pome fruit storage, postharvest procedures for pome fruit
  5. The morphological and physiological characteristics, physiological disorders of stone fruits
  6. The optimal harvest date, the specifics of stone fruit storage, postharvest procedures for stone fruit
  7. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of nuts
  8. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of berries
  9. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of citrus fruits
  10. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of banana
  11. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of kiwi fruit
  12. The morphological and physiological characteristics, optimum harvest date, the specifics of storage, postharvest procedures, physiological disorders of tropical fruits
  13. Preparation and presentation of student's seminar papers  
  14. A visit to a cold store and a practical introduction to technological processes during storage, packaging and distribution of fruits and ripening bananas
  15. Exam

Obligatory literature

  1. Lovrić, T., Piližota V. 1994.: Konzerviranje i prerada voća , Nakladni zavod Globus, Zagreb

Recommended literature

  1. Kader, A.A., ed. 2002. Post-harvest technology of horticultural crops. Oakland: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication 3311
  2. Wills, R., McGlasson, B., Graham, D., Joyce, D. 1998. Postharvest: An Introduction to the Physiology & Handlingof Fruit, Vegetables and ornamentals, University of New south Wales Press Ltd., Sydney

Similar course at related universities

  • Postharvest physiology and technologies of fruit species, Faculty of Horticultural Science, Corvinus university of Budapest, Hungary

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