Efficacy of 1-methylcyclopropene in purple passion fruit (Passiflora edulis Sims) as affected by dosage and maturity stage
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The study was conducted to determine the efficacy of two 1-MCP application regimes (2 ppm for 24 hours and 4 ppm for 12 hours) to extend the shelf life of passion fruits. The fruits were harvested at two stages of maturity (stage 1 and 2) based on peel colour. After 1-MCP treatments, the fruits were kept at ambient room conditions (25±1°C and RH 60±5%) to ripen. Physiological and physicochemical changes associated with fruit ripening, including ethylene evolution, respiration rate, weight loss, peel colour, total soluble solids and total titratable acidity were evaluated every 2 or 3 days from six fruits which were randomly sampled from each of the treatment combinations. 1-MCP treatments significantly (p<0.05) delayed or reduced the rate of most of the ripening changes irrespective of the harvest maturity. Overall, based on the physiological and physicochemical changes observed, 1-MCP treatments prolonged the postharvest shelf life of passion fruits harvested at stage 1 and 2 by 3 and 4 days respectively.