Special Issue "Effect of Cultivation and Storage Techniques on Fruit Quality and Nutritional Value"

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Postharvest Biology, Quality, Safety, and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pai-Tsang Chang
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Department of Horticultural Science, National Chiayi University, Chiayi City 60004, Taiwan
Interests: plant nutrition; pitaya; citrus; environmental stress
Prof. Dr. Wen-Ju Yang
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Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
Interests: vegetable breeding; seed germination
Prof. Dr. Jer-Chia Chang
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Guest Editor
Department of Horticulture, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
Interests: physiology and productivity of fruit crops; ecophysiology; photosynthesis; sink-source relations; reproductive biology
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Dear Colleagues,

Due to new technologies being applied in cultivation, the production of high-quality fruits is increasing. As a result, fresh fruit trading is not only occurring in the domestic market, but also flourishing in the international market. Although high quality fresh fruits are needed in the market, the post-harvest losses of fruit are the biggest limitation in the fruit industry. In general, post-harvest losses refer to the loss of quality or quantity between the harvest and consumption of fruits. The loss rate varies among the types, varieties and preservation techniques of fruits.

The biotic and abiotic factors which influence the post-harvest losses of fruits have been widely discussed and reported. The combination of cultivation and storage techniques in order to reduce postharvest losses is the trend in maintaining fruit quality and prolonging storage life. This Special Issue aims to stimulate and collect studies in this area to merge pre-harvest cultivation and post-harvest technology to reduce the losses of fruits.

Dr. Pai-Tsang Chang
Prof. Dr. Wen-Ju Yang
Prof. Dr. Jer-Chia Chang
Guest Editors

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  • storage temperature
  • weight loss
  • preservation
  • decay
  • shelf-life
  • postharvest technology
  • fruit quality
  • ethylene
  • respiration rate

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Influence of the Position of Mango Fruit on the Tree (Mangifera indica L. CV. ‘Zibda’) on Chilling Sensitivity and Antioxidant Enzyme Activity
Horticulturae 2021, 7(12), 515; https://doi.org/10.3390/horticulturae7120515 - 23 Nov 2021
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Mango fruits sourced from tropical yields have had a high commercial comeback from being viewed as susceptible to chilling injury under long storage durations. When the fruits are exposed to cold storage, this results in physiological changes due to the side effects of [...] Read more.
Mango fruits sourced from tropical yields have had a high commercial comeback from being viewed as susceptible to chilling injury under long storage durations. When the fruits are exposed to cold storage, this results in physiological changes due to the side effects of the storage on the fruits, expanding the rates of loss during the period between harvest and marketing. It is difficult to harvest mangoes as the fruits show varying maturities and are located in different positions on the trees. The purpose of this study was to test the idea that fruits’ location on the tree influences how the fruit behaves during cold storage. During two seasons (2019–2020), the impact of on-tree fruit location, i.e., sunny side (SUN; fruit exposed to the sun for most of the day), shade (SHA; fruit grown on the shady side of trees), and inside the canopy (INS; fruit grown inside the tree canopy), on the chilling sensitivity and the activities of antioxidant enzymes of ‘Zibda’ mangos stored at a low temperature (4 ± 1 °C) for 35 days was determined. In contrast to SHA and SUN mangos, INS fruits were shown to be progressively tolerant to low storage temperatures. These fruits also showed the highest activities of ascorbate peroxidase (APX), peroxidase (POD), catalase (CAT), and superoxide dismutase (SOD). In addition, the contents of O2 and H2O2 decreased in INS fruit during storage. Consequently, the cell membrane compartments were maintained, showing low accumulation of both malondialdehyde (MDA) and the protein carbonyl group (PCG) during storage. These results indicate that the fruit positions can also be considered at the time of harvesting for the classification of fruits before cold storage. This classification can also be added to the mango trading protocol to minimize the loss of economic returns by chilling injury. Full article
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