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Postharvest handling of blackberries and raspberries is an important step to overall food safety and product quality.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural and Energy Requirements
A step-by-step guide to planning, designing, building and maximizing the efficiency of room-cooling facilities.

Cultivar and Maturity Affect Postharvest Quality of Fruit from Erect Blackberries (PDF)
Article discusses the impact that identical storage conditions have on the postharvest quality of multiple cultivars when harvested during various stages of ripening. Growers may find this material useful as an indicator of potential shelf life based on certain harvesting and storage practices and thus plan appropriately for their operation.

Ripening Physiology in ‘Navaho’ Thornless Blackberries (PDF)
This journal article discusses ripening changes in the ‘Navaho’ blackberry during specific stages of ripening. Focuses on color, respiration, ethylene production, softening and compositional changes.

Handling and Storage of Blackberries and Raspberries
What is the shelf life of blackberries and raspberries? How should I pick, store and ship the fruit? What food safety measures do I need to consider? Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, answers these and other questions in this article from the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium newsletter.

Rating Blackberries & Raspberries for Postharvest Quality (9:53)
Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, discusses research that is under way on the NC Research Campus to develop a rating system for the firmness of blackberries and raspberries. When finalized, this system will help growers determine what variety of blackberry or raspberry is best suited for their operation

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