Effect of storage conditions on physico-chemical attributes and physiological responses of 'milk' (Musa spp., AAB group) banana during fruit ripening Online publication date: Wed, 29-Oct-2014
by Umezuruike Linus Opara; Rashid Al-Yahyai; Naflaa Al-Waili; Fahad Al Said; Majeed Al-Ani; Annamalai Manickavasagan; Adel Al-Mahdouri
International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation (IJPTI), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012
Abstract: Knowledge of fruit physico-chemical properties and physiological responses is important for the design and development of appropriate postharvest handling and storage systems to reduce losses and maintain quality. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in physico-chemical attributes and physiology of 'milk' banana cultivar at three ripening stages (unripe, fully ripe and overripe) under three storage conditions [refrigerated storage, 11°C-12°C and 95.5% RH; warm (room) storage, 20°C-22°C and 82%-85% RH; and 12-h cycle of 28°C/70% RH and 18°C/50% RH, simulating cyclic day/night conditions]. Fruit physico-chemical characteristics (weight loss, firmness, colour, pH, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, sugar:acid ratio and vitamin C) and physiological processes (C2H4 and CO2 evolution) varied significantly among storage conditions for each of the three ripening stages tested. The least reduction in fruit weight, highest firmness and peel colour change were found using refrigerated storage compared to the other storage conditions. Refrigerated storage at 11°C-12°C and 95.5% RH offered significant benefits in postharvest handling of 'milk' banana by reducing fruit weight-loss, extending storage life by two weeks, and enhancing fruit vitamin C content during ripening.
Online publication date: Wed, 29-Oct-2014
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology and Innovation (IJPTI):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:
Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.
If you still need assistance, please email email@example.com