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Post Harvest Handling of Important Fruit Crops

Post harvest losses in fruits are very high (20-40%) due to improper handling and storage cause physical damage due to tissue breakdown. Mechanical losses include bruising, cracking, cuts, microbial spoilage by fungi and bacteria, whereas physiological losses include changes in respiration, transpiration, pigments, organic acids and flavor. These losses may be reduced by following proper post handling methods after harvesting will in turn extend the post harvest shelf life of commercial fruits.