Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 10, Issue 2,2012
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Maturation control of sugar apple using 1-methylcyclopropene, modified atmosphere packaging and cooling


Juceliandy Mendes da Silva Pinheiro, Gisele Polete Mizobutsi *, Edson Hiydu Mizobutsi, Bárbara Nogueira de Souza, Maria Helena Menezes Cordeiro, Maryelle Cristina Souza Aguiar, Darlaine Maria Ferreira, Wagner Ferreira da Mota, Victor Martins Maia

Recieved Date: 2012-01-26, Accepted Date: 2012-04-29


Despite increasing commercial interest in sugar apple (Annona squamosa) in Brazil, this fruit has a very limited shelf-life. With the aim of retarding maturation and increasing the commercialization period, we evaluated the action of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), combined with modified atmosphere packaging and cooling. Sugar apples were treated with 0, 200, 400 and 600 nL.L-1 of 1-MCP for 8 hours at 25ºC. The fruits were then packed in a plastic membrane and stored at 15ºC for 21 days. At 7-day intervals, fruits were removed from the chamber for analysis of fresh matter loss, chroma values, pH, soluble solids (SS), titratable acidity (TA), starch content, total sugars, reducing sugars and concentration of CO2 and Oinside the packaging. 1-MCP had no effect on soluble solid content, titratable acidity, chroma values and O2 concentration, only the effect of time. There was an interaction between 1-MCP concentration and days of storage in relation to the loss of fresh matter, pH, starch content, total sugars and reducing sugars. Maturation was retarded in proportion to the dose of 1-MCP applied. 1-MCP decreased the concentration of CO2 inside the packaging, indicating a possible reduction in fruit metabolism.


Storage, Annona squamosa, 1-MCP

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2012
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 217-220

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