In-transit ripening of mango fruit: concepts and considerations
Refrigerated containers are used to transport mangoes over long distances. In Australia, mangoes grown in northern tropical production areas for the domestic market are transported by road and/or rail for up to 4000 km to southern ripening centres. There is no other viable option for growers to ripen their fruit. A current project is investigating sustained ethylene release systems for ripening mango fruit in road transport containers over an in-transit period of up to 4 days. This approach could potentially provide an alternative cost-effective ripening strategy for the mango industry. Studies have been and will be performed using shipments of 'B74' and 'Honey Gold' mango fruit, respectively, in refrigerated road containers. In-container environment monitoring, fruit shelf life and quality evaluation at outturn are carried out. Corresponding laboratory experiments that simulate transit are also to be conducted with a view to modelling mango fruit responses to in-transit conditions.
Mott, K., Hofman, P.J., Joyce, D.C., Macnish, A.J. and Bhandari, B. (2017). In-transit ripening of mango fruit: concepts and considerations. Acta Hortic. 1183, 343-350
mango, temperature, ethylene, carbon dioxide