Postharvest Monitoring Articles

  • Harvesting of Microalgae

    In commercial algae production harvesting is generally done by centrifugation. However, the costs and energy demands for harvesting the algal biomass by these methods are high. In the technical and economical analysis on microalgae for biofuels it was shown that the investment costs for the centrifuges contributed up to 34% of the total investment on equipment. The study also showed that the ...


  • Effects of wildfire on catchment runoff response: a modelling approach to detect changes in snow-dominated forested catchments

    Wildfire is an important disturbance affecting hydrological processes through alteration of vegetation cover and soil characteristics. The effects of fire on hydrological systems at the catchment scale are not well known, largely because site specific data from both before and after wildfire are rare. In this study a modelling approach was employed for change detection analyses of one such ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • New regionalism in Asia: the case of Singapore-Australia bilateral free trade agreement

    This article analyses the theoretical literature on implications of 'new regionalism' in Asia, in the context of the recently implemented Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) involving Singapore and Australia. The analysis revisits the building vs. stumbling block argument, arguing that complex nature and diverse coverage of these agreements beyond trade in goods requires going beyond ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • WSP analyse marmot review on planning healthy communities in the UK

    The ‘Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010 – Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review)’ was published on 11th February 2010. There are some key messages that have come out of this review: Doing nothing is not an economic option – the report estimates 2.5 Million years of life are potentially lost to health inequalities by those dying prematurely each year in England ...

  • The impact of the unilateral EU commitment on the stability of international climate agreements

    The negotiation strategy of the European Union was analysed with respect to the formation of an international climate agreement for the post-2012 era. Game theory was employed to explore the incentives for key players in the climate policy arena to join future climate agreements. A -20% unilateral commitment strategy by the EU was compared with a multilateral -30% emission reduction strategy for ...

  • Controlled atmosphere storage for preservation of Salicornia ramosissima

    Salicornia is a halophytic plant that grows near salt marshes and salted wetlands, very rich in vitamins, minerals and highly unsaturated oils. Because of its biochemical composition and despite salinity, Salicornia is considered a gourmet product. Since stems present a short shelf life, the aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of controlled atmosphere on quality of Salicornia ramosissima ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A hotter planet means less on our plates

    In the Sunday November 22, 2009 issue of Outlook in the Washington Post, Lester Brown discusses the significant implications of food security in the upcoming Copenhagen Conference. As the U.N. climate-change conference in Copenhagen approaches, we are in a race between political tipping points and natural ones. Can we cut carbon emissions fast enough to keep the melting of the Greenland ice ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • TreeHuggerTV: Re-visualizing environmental activism in the post-network era

    As a collection of online videos that explores how to create, consume, and live in environmentally responsible ways, TreeHuggerTV offers a productive site for examining environmental activism at the intersection of nature and culture. This paper looks at TreeHuggerTV as a form of environmental activism that emerges on post-network television. This analysis traces how TreeHuggerTV productively ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • One, two or one and a half protocols? An assessment of suggested options for the legal form of the Post-2012 climate regime

    This research article analyses and evaluates three options for the legal form of the future UN Climate Change Regime to be agreed upon at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. After a short introduction (I) and an overview of key challenges for a future agreement (II), the article describes different facets of the negotiations’ setting, such as the two track negotiatingstructure, and examines whether ...

  • Analysis of inbreeding depression in eight S1 cassava families

    Inbreeding offers numerous advantages but also presents some problems for the genetic improvement of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz). One of the concerns is that inbreeding depression (ID) may be too drastic for (even partially) inbred materials to survive. A large experiment was conducted to quantify ID in cassava. S1 families from eight elite cultivars, each represented mostly by over 90 ...

  • Quantifying postharvest loss in vegetables along the supply chain in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

    This study provides an overview of the postharvest loss situation of selected vegetable crops as perceived by the various supply chain actors in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. It investigates the volume and value of vegetable losses upstream along the supply chain, and identifies the main reasons and the preventive measures undertaken at each stage in the supply chain to abate postharvest losses. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impacts of harvest residue management on soil Carbon stocks in a plantation forest

    The impacts of plantation forest management on soil C stocks in New Zealand need to be better understood for the purposes of C accounting under the Kyoto Protocol. We investigated the impacts of three harvest residue management treatments on C and N stocks in a scoriaceous forest soil: whole-tree harvesting plus forest floor removal, whole-tree harvesting, and stem-only harvesting. Volumetric ...

  • Entrepreneurship, employment and fast-growing firms in Kosova

    This paper aims to contribute to the undergoing debate upon growth determinants of fast-growing firms. The empirical evidence comes from Kosova, a unique post-war environment characterised by transitional economy. First, we measure contribution of fast-growing firms in employment generation. Second, we analyse factors influencing the probability of being a fast-growing firm. Results confirm the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NASA national aviation operations monitoring service advisory

    In a memorandum dated Nov. 19, 2007, the NASA administrator directed the chief of the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance to lead an effort to release as much NAOMS survey information as possible by the end of 2007. This effort is referred to as Phase 1 of the NAOMS information release. The tasking was executed on Dec. 31, 2007, with the posting of NAOMS information on the NASA website. Phase ...

  • Achieving successful EPR implementation with the penta-stage model

    Electronic patient record (EPR) systems are currently being implemented in a plethora of healthcare organisations on both sides of the Atlantic. These systems, through their ability to integrate several functions and provide seamless access to information, are expected to enable value-driven patient-centric healthcare delivery. At a time when healthcare globally is under tremendous pressure, EPR ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forage pasture production, risk analysis, and the buffering capacity of triticale

    Many livestock producers minimize input costs by relying solely on naturalized, mixed-species pasture, but expose themselves to risks associated with forage yields that fluctuate in response to variable environmental conditions. This study was undertaken to assess winter triticale (xTriticosecale spp.) as a potential component of forage systems from the perspective of reducing forage yield risk. ...

  • Using Taguchi method for post optimality analysis in MCDM

    The aim of this research is to use Taguchi's loss function to assess the loss associated with a solution provided by a particular Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) method. Although the idea proposed in this paper, derived from Taguchi's philosophy and his idea of social loss, can be invariably applied to any MCDM method, the paper utilises Goal Programming (GP) to illustrate the applicability ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An economic analysis of alfalfa harvest methods when infested with verticillium wilt

    Verticillium wilt is a disease that negatively affects alfalfa fields throughout the northern United States. This disease is caused by the fungus Verticillium albo-atrum that, once introduced into alfalfa fields, spreads rapidly, becomes difficult to control, and causes substantial plant yield loss. This disease can be extremely costly for alfalfa hay producers, especially for producers where ...

  • Separating the wheat from the chaff: Regulating greenhouse gases in a climate of uncertainty

    This article discusses the difficulty of regulating greenhouse gas emissions in the face of uncertainty, particularly with respect to the level of reductions needed in the post-2012 era to avoid dangerous climate change. There are also a number of regulatory options available, including carbon taxes, emissions trading, regulations and standards, and fiscal measures. Yet emissions trading has ...

  • Mergers and acquisitions of German biotechnology startups

    In research-intensive high-technology industries, it is often impossible for startup managers to build up internally all resources necessary for a successful company development. Hence, startups enter into strategic alliances with other companies or into mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Whereas alliances of startups are well studied in the literature, work on M&As mostly focuses on large ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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