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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2018, Vol. 17 Issue (07): 1667-1675    DOI: 10.1016/S2095-3119(18)61940-9
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Effects of 1-methylcyclopropene and modified atmosphere packaging on fruit quality and superficial scald in Yali pears during storage
FENG Yun-xiao1, 2, CHENG Yu-dou1, 2, HE Jin-gang1, 2, LI Li-mei1, 2, GUAN Jun-feng1, 2 
1 Institute of Genetics and Physiology, Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Shijiazhuang 050051, P.R.China
2 Plant Genetic Engineering Center of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050051, P.R.China
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The Yali pear (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehd.) is susceptible to superficial scald during prolonged cold storage and at shelf life.  This study investigated the effects of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on changes of fruit quality and superficial scald during cold storage and at shelf life in Yali pear.  Compared with MAP, the combination of MAP and 1-MCP (MAP+1-MCP) treatment reduced the carbon dioxide and ethylene content inside the packaging bag.  The 1-MCP, MAP, and MAP+1-MCP treatments reduced the superficial scald index, malondialdehyde content, O2· production rate and relative conductivity and inhibited the accumulation of α-farnesene and conjugated trienes in the peel.  1-MCP and MAP+1-MCP treatments maintained a higher phenolic content and enhanced the catalase and superoxide dismutase activities in the fruit, while reduced activities of lipoxygenase and polyphenol oxidase in the peel preceding the onset of superficial scald.  Comprehensive analysis indicated that the MAP+1-MCP treatment is the most effective method tested for improving the quality of Yali pears during cold storage and at shelf life.
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Received: 27 October 2017   Accepted:
Fund: This research was supported by the emarked fund for the China Agriculture Research System for National Technology System for Pear Industry (CARS-28-22), the Innovation Project of Modern Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Hebei Province, China (494-0402-YSN-C8RA), the Youth Fund of Hebei Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, China (A2015110106), and the Finance Special Foundation of Hebei Province, China (494-0402-YBN-0G4L).
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FENG Yun-xiao, CHENG Yu-dou, HE Jin-gang, LI Li-mei, GUAN Jun-feng. 2018. Effects of 1-methylcyclopropene and modified atmosphere packaging on fruit quality and superficial scald in Yali pears during storage. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 17(07): 1667-1675.

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