Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: April 14, 2013
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Citation: Bethke, P. 2014. Postharvest storage and physiology. In: Navarre, R., Pavek, M. J., editors. The potato: botany, production and uses. Wallingford, UK:CABI. p. 255-271. Technical Abstract: Potato storage makes the crop available for consumption or sale over an extended period of time. In this book chapter, the various way that potatoes are stored worldwide are described. The most important physiological defects that occur in storage are reviewed, as are the biochemical pathways of carbohydrate metabolism in stored potatoes. Guidelines are given for sugar management of the stored crop. The topics of tuber respiration and water loss are covered in depth, with examples used to illustrate the importance of these physiological processes for successful potato storage. Sprout control methods are reviewed, and general guidelines for potato storage are listed.