Postharvest manual answers many questions

Gollnow, B., Faragher, J. and Joyce, D. (2014). Postharvest manual answers many questions. In: E. Olate, F. Schiappacasse and E. W. Hoffman, XI International Protea Research Symposium. Proceedings. Proteas 2012: XV International Protea Association Conference and XI International Protea Working Group Symposium, 2012, Santiago, Chile, (119-124). 22-26 April 2012.

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Author Gollnow, B.
Faragher, J.
Joyce, D.
Title of paper Postharvest manual answers many questions
Conference name Proteas 2012: XV International Protea Association Conference and XI International Protea Working Group Symposium, 2012
Conference location Santiago, Chile
Conference dates 22-26 April 2012
Proceedings title XI International Protea Research Symposium. Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2014
Year available 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789462610187
ISSN 0567-7572
Editor E. Olate
F. Schiappacasse
E. W. Hoffman
Volume 1031
Start page 119
End page 124
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Many authors have noted that consumer confidence in buying fresh flowers is strongly related to their perceived value in that quality and vase life must be high and consistent over time for consumers to repeat buy. Growers, wholesalers, exporters and retailers seek practical information about recommended handling and treatments at the harvest and postharvest stages, including that relating to flowers native to Australia and South Africa (“wildflowers”). This information is essential for products to be of high quality with an acceptable vase life for the end consumer, especially if exported. Published postharvest manuals generally focus on traditional flower crops and so rarely include many, or any, wildflowers. A manual entitled Postharvest Handling of Australian flowers from Native Plants and Related Species was published in 2002 and addressed this gap, but required updating. This situation presented an opportunity to provide in-depth information to compliment the Australian wildflower quality specifications (see accompanying paper in the same volume), and to assemble the latest knowledge on wildflower quality and postharvest issues. The resultant manual contains extensive information about harvesting, quality issues and recommended postharvest care focussed on wildflowers. Much of the information is documented for the first time, being based on the most up to date research and development (R&D) as well as practical experience of the floral supply chain, researchers and other technical experts. The manual provides practical and detailed information on postharvest treatment of fresh wildflowers for growers, florists, wholesalers and exporters to use on a daily basis. It discusses the many unique features of wildflowers that must be understood and managed in order to maximise their quality and vase life after marketing and export. The manual also includes postharvest advice for 16 flower- and foliage lines for which quality specifications were not produced. This advice is presented according to the same template as the specifications.
Subjects 1108 Medical Microbiology
Keyword Vase life
Australian and South African flowers
On-farm treatments
Floral supply chain
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Institutional Status UQ

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