The effect of postharvest UV-C treatment and associated with different storage conditions on the quality of Tahitian limes (Citrus latifolia)

Penta Pristijono, Michael C. Bowyer, Christopher J. Scarlett, Quan V. Vuong, Costas E. Stathopoulos, John B. Golding

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    Tahitian limes (Citrus latifolia) were exposed to 0 and 7.2 kJm-2 UV-C. After treatments, it was stored for 28 days in air at 20°C, 80% RH (control) and in air containing <0.005 or 0.1 μL.L−1 ethylene at 20°C and 100% RH. Weight loss, peel colour, calyx abscission, ethylene production, respiration rate, soluble solids content (SSC), titratable acidity (TA) and acceptability index were assessed. The UV-C light treatment significantly affected the quality of lime during storage. UV-C treatment significantly affected peel degreening at 20°C in all storage conditions, whereas treated limes showed significantly lower in peel degreening than the control. These effects reduced over the storage time, with the exception of fruits stored in <0.005 μL.L-1 ethylene which still produced a significantly higher in Hue value after 21 days storage relative to the control. UV-C treatment affected ethylene production during storage under all storage conditions. This effect also diminished with storage time. UV-C treatment did not affect the respiration rate, SSC or TA for all storage conditions. The UV-C treated limes had higher acceptability index than untreated limes up to 14 days storage at 20°C. Storage conditions significantly affected ethylene production, with limes that stored in air exhibiting higher ethylene production than fruits stored in the <0.005 or 0.1 μL.L-1 ethylene atmosphere. Storage conditions also significantly affected weight loss, with fruits stored in air showing greater weight loss compared to the other storage conditions. The results suggest that a pre-storage UV-C treatment, followed by storage in less than 0.1 μL.L-1 ethylene atmosphere improves the quality of limes postharvest.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Food and Nutritional Disorders
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2017

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