Losses of potatoes in cold storage vis-a-vis types, mechanism and influential factors

Citation
Mk. Chourasia et Tk. Goswami, Losses of potatoes in cold storage vis-a-vis types, mechanism and influential factors, J FD SCI M, 38(4), 2001, pp. 301-313
Citations number
95
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Food Science/Nutrition
Journal title
JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-MYSORE
ISSN journal
0022-1155 → ACNP
Volume
38
Issue
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
301 - 313
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-1155(200107/08)38:4<301:LOPICS>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
Losses of potatoes in cold storage occur in all the potato-producing countr ies and are caused, in part, by excessive high temperatures during storage, which increase rotting, decay and loss of edible quality and nutritive val ues. In some cases, freezing or chilling injury, also called cold injury, c aused by low temperatures may be involved. Other serious losses are caused by mechanical injury from careless or rough handling and by shrinkage or wi lting because of moisture loss. Diseases and pests, which develop during fa vourable conditions in cold storage, may also cause losses in the form of r ottage, decay, poor germination and deformation. The extent of losses of po tatoes in cold storage depends on a number of factors and the most importan t ones are temperature, humidity, ventilation and the condition of potatoes stored. Therefore, the matter of reducing the storage losses directly lead s to the problem of providing more efficient and appropriate storage arrang ements for potatoes. An attempt has been made in this review, to critically appraise the types of losses of potatoes in cold storage, their causes, pr eventive measures and important factors affecting the extent of these losse s.