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What does "curing (crops)" mean?

A postharvest treatment of crops to reduce water loss and decay
during storage. In root and tuber crops, curing refers to the
process of wound healing with the development and suberization
of new epidermal tissue called wound periderm. In bulb crops,
curing refers to the process of drying of the neck tissues and
of the outer leaves to form dry scales. Crops can be cured in
the field or in facilities designed for the process.

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