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Intermittent warming effects on postharvest cold storage of 'Fortune' mandarins

Mulas, Maurizio and Ibba, Mauro (1994) Intermittent warming effects on postharvest cold storage of 'Fortune' mandarins. Advances in Horticultural Science, Vol. 8 (4), p. 205-209. eISSN 1592-1573. Article.

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DOI: 10.1400/14321


'Fortune' mandarins were harvested in the middle of March and stored 2 months in cold rooms. Control fruitswere kept at constant temperature (6°C), and the otherswere exposed to cycles of low and high temperatures (5 and 2 days respectively). The effectiveness of three intermittent sequences were evaluated: 0/12°C, 2/10°C, and 4/8°C. A 95% relative humidity (RH) was used. As additional shelf-life period, at monthly intervals, fruits were kept at 20 0C and 75% RH during 10 days. Intermittent warming at 0/12°C and 2/10°C greatly reduced chilling injury (CI). Weight loss (WL) was slightly higher in fruits exposed to intermittent warming than in the reference, and mould decay was very low in all cases. Loss of quality was observed in fruits subjected to intermittent warming at 4/8°C, while fruits held at 0/12 °C showed high quality and good appearance during the storage period. The quality of mandarins stored at 2/10°C was good during the 1st month of storage, but decreased afterwards.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2281
Uncontrolled Keywords:Citrus, cold storage, fruit quality, intermittent temperatures
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/03 Arboricoltura generale e coltivazioni arboree
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia e sistemi arborei
002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CNR-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche > Istituto di scienze delle produzioni alimentari, Sassari
Publisher:Firenze University Press
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:07

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