POST-HARVEST QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR POT PLANTS IN THE U.K.

S.C. Clifford, N.R. Parsons, R.N. Edmondson, F.A. Langton, S.A. Foster
An understanding of the impact of production factors on longevity and quality of pot plants is important for the development of production protocols that both minimise waste and provide plants with the best possible post-harvest potential. Much previous research has focused on using single attributes such as flower loss or bract damage as quality measures, rather than integrated measures of quality based on a range of crop attributes.

The present research aims to develop models for plant quality that combine the plant-based variables that comprise quality into an ‘integrated quality score’ (Q) to describe the performance of pot plants exposed to a wide range of pre- and post-harvest environmental factors. The information will allow application of a “robust product design” approach for optimisation of production systems to give the maximum potential quality and longevity of pot plants during home life.

Clifford, S.C., Parsons, N.R., Edmondson, R.N., Langton, F.A. and Foster, S.A. (2001). POST-HARVEST QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR POT PLANTS IN THE U.K.. Acta Hortic. 553, 753-755
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2001.553.190
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2001.553.190
Integrated quality measurement
English
553_190
753-755

Acta Horticulturae