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Effects of 1-MCP on Quality and Storability of Cherry Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

Department of Horticulture and Plant Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma 378, Ethiopia
Agriculture and Life Science Research Institute, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 24341, Korea
Department of Horticulture, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Gangwon 24341, Korea
Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
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Horticulturae 2019, 5(2), 29;
Received: 6 March 2019 / Revised: 22 March 2019 / Accepted: 3 April 2019 / Published: 12 April 2019
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Cherry tomato is a perishable fruit due to its high rate of ethylene production and respiration during ripening. 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) is known to control ripening and reduce decay of fruit by inhibiting ethylene action. In the present study, the influence of 1-MCP application on quality and storability of ‘Unicorn’ cherry tomato was observed. Fruit at pink and red maturity stages were put in the commercial plastic containers and sealed with 40 μm low density polyethylene (LDPE) film, treated with 1-MCP (0 µL L−1 (control), 0.035 µL L−1 and 0.1 µL L−1), and stored at 10 °C in 85 ± 5% relative humidity (RH). The results indicated that application of 1-MCP at 0.1 µL L−1 significantly affected firmness, cell wall thickness, water soluble pectin, weight loss, surface color, lycopene content and physiological parameters in both pink and red maturity stages compared to 0.035 µL L−1 and control. 1-MCP treatment at 0.1 µL L−1 kept the fruits firmer than 0.035 µL L−1 and the control throughout the storage period for both maturity stages. Cell wall degradation in the control treatment was higher compared to the 0.1 µL L−1 1-MCP treated fruits in both maturity stages throughout the storage period. Results of this study revealed the effectiveness of application of 0.1 µL L−1 1-MCP on quality and shelf life of cherry tomato. View Full-Text
Keywords: cell wall thickness; lycopene; maturity stage; pectin; surface color; texture cell wall thickness; lycopene; maturity stage; pectin; surface color; texture

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Taye, A.M.; Tilahun, S.; Seo, M.H.; Park, D.S.; Jeong, C.S. Effects of 1-MCP on Quality and Storability of Cherry Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Horticulturae 2019, 5, 29.

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