Determination of mechanical injury and effects of bruising on the postharvest quality of cantaloupes


Halloran N., Kasim M. U. , Cagiran R.

1st International Symposium on Cucurbits, Adana, Turkey, 20 - 23 May 1997, pp.105-111 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Adana
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.105-111

Abstract

Cantaloupes were examined by Computerized tomography (CT) to obtain images of the extent to which they are subject to mechanical injury during or after the harvest period. Fruit (Galia F-1 cv.) was dropped from a height of 50 cm to stimulate poor handling techniques, then placed in a 2 degrees C room with 85 to 90 % RH. CT images were obtained immediately after harvest and at the end of the 35-day storage period. Additional studies included determination of weight loss, infection rate, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, fruit firmness and pectin esterase activity at weekly intervals during the cold storage.