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Bananas and plantains.

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The Crop Production Science in Horticulture series examines economically important horticultural crops selected from the major production systems in temperate, subtropical and tropical climatic areas. Systems represented range from open field and plantation sites to protected plastic and glass houses, growing rooms and laboratories. Emphasis is placed on the scientific principles underlying crop p...

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Chapter 14 (Page no: 245)

Harvesting and fruit handling.

This chapter deals with fruit maturity standards and harvesting procedures for bananas and plantains (Musa). The transport systems from the field to the market are discussed. The cooling of fruits from the field are described, providing several guidelines that can be recommended to banana producers to help control the overheating problem in very hot conditions. The successive packshed operations involved for commercial bananas are described, i.e. dehanding, washing and delatexing, clustering, fungicide treatment, quality control operations and packing. A summary of the EU Directive 2257/94 (EUR.lex, 2010b), regarding fruit quality, presentation and marking, for Cavendish bananas imported to EU markets, is presented.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Distribution and importance. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 21) Taxonomic classification, cultivars and breeding. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 51) Morphological characteristics and plant development. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Climatic requirements and problems. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 89) Phenological and physiological responses. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 115) Site selection, soil requirements and soil preparation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 125) Establishing a plantation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 149) Systems of cultivating bananas and product certifications. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 161) Nutritional requirements. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 179) Water requirements and irrigation. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Horticultural management. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 217) Diseases. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 233) Pests. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 259) Ripening, biochemistry and uses. Author(s): Robinson, J. C. Galán Saúco, V.