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TitlePerspectives on utilization of edible coatings and nano-laminate coatings for extension of postharvest storage of fruits and vegetables
Author(s)López, M.
Cerqueira, Miguel Ângelo Parente Ribeiro
de Rodríguez, Diana Jasso
Vicente, A. A.
KeywordsShelf-life extension
Postharvest losses
Edible coatings
Nano-laminate coatings
Issue dateSep-2016
PublisherSpringer Verlag
JournalFood Engineering Reviews
CitationLópez, M.; Cerqueira, M. A.; de Rodríguez, Diana Jasso; Vicente, A. A., Perspectives on utilization of edible coatings and nano-laminate coatings for extension of postharvest storage of fruits and vegetables. Food Engineering Reviews, 8(3), 292-305, 2016
Abstract(s)It is known that in developing countries, a large quantity of fruit and vegetable losses results at postharvest and processing stages due to poor or scarce storage technology and mishandling during harvest. The use of new and innovative technologies for reducing postharvest losses is a requirement that has not been fully covered. The use of edible coatings (mainly based on biopolymers) as a postharvest technique for agricultural commodities has offered biodegradable alternatives in order to solve problems (e.g., microbiological growth) during produce storage. However, biopolymer-based coatings can present some disadvantages such as: poor mechanical properties (e.g., lipids) or poor water vapor barrier properties (e.g., polysaccharides), thus requiring the development of new alternatives to solve these drawbacks. Recently, nanotechnology has emerged as a promising tool in the food processing industry, providing new insights about postharvest technologies on produce storage. Nanotechnological approaches can contribute through the design of functional packing materials with lower amounts of bioactive ingredients, better gas and mechanical properties and with reduced impact on the sensorial qualities of the fruits and vegetables. This work reviews some of the main factors involved in postharvest losses and new technologies for extension of postharvest storage of fruits and vegetables, focused on perspective uses of edible coatings and nano-laminate coatings.
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