Chilling Stress During Postharvest Storage of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Swati Sharma
  • Kalyan Barman
  • R. N. Prasad
  • J. Singh


The commercial practice to extend postharvest life of freshly harvested horticultural commodities is storing them at low temperature. However, tropical and subtropical origin fruits and vegetables develop injury when stored at a very low temperature. The chilling stress causes damage to the susceptible fruits and vegetables during postharvest supply chain and is a major limitation for harnessing the beneficial effects of cold storage for extending their marketability. Different physiological and biochemical alterations cause cellular dysfunctions leading to the development of various symptoms in the produce affected by chilling stress. Several postharvest management strategies can be adopted to alleviate the harmful effects of chilling stress like modulating temperature and storage conditions, pre-storage physical or chemical treatments, etc. In this chapter, the response of commodities to chilling stress, its symptoms, alleviation strategies, and their mechanism have been discussed.


Chilling injury Postharvest Low temperature Fruits Vegetables Storage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Swati Sharma
    • 1
  • Kalyan Barman
    • 2
  • R. N. Prasad
    • 1
  • J. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Crop ProductionICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable ResearchVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Department of HorticultureInstitute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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