Handling and Storage

Post-harvest handling is the final stage in the process of producing high quality fresh citrus fruit. Numerous fungal decays, physiological disorders,  and physical damages can occur during post-harvest stages to cause fruit losses. Appropriate and effective post-harvest handling can maintain the health and quality of fresh citrus from the field to consumers. Post-harvest handling of citrus fruit includes several critical stages such as field harvesting, transportation, packinghouse operations, waxing, fungicide application, storage, and timely marketing.

Current research projects are aimed at the development an optimum post-harvest fruit handling systems to maintain Florida fresh citrus quality and healthat maximum levels for marketing to consumers.