Effect of modified atmosphere packaging on the storage life of 'Rong-Rien' rambutan
Rambutan (Nephilium lappaceum L.) has a short storage life because of rapid water loss and skin browning. Due to this problem it is difficult to export rambutan. The present study evaluated the effect of modified atmosphere packaging on the storage life of 'Rong-Rien' rambutan and was carried out at the Horticultural Postharvest Technology Laboratory at the Department of Agriculture. Fruits of 'Rong-Rien' rambutan were packed in 0.025-mm thick high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), active packaging-1 (AP-1) or active packaging-2 (AP-2) bags. Control fruit was packed in plastic trays with no cover and all the treated and control fruits were stored at 13°C, 90-95% RH. It was found that LDPE, LLDPE or AP-1 bags could delay browning and prolong storage life of the fruit by 16 days. Gas composition inside the bag had 3.5% oxygen and 5.0% carbon dioxide at the end of storage. The fruit packed in HDPE, AP-2 bags and control had 12, 8 and 4 days storage life, respectively.
Srithanyarat, S. and Kwanhong, P. (2018). Effect of modified atmosphere packaging on the storage life of 'Rong-Rien' rambutan. Acta Hortic. 1216, 99-104
rambutan, storage life, browning, modified atmosphere packaging, polyethylene bag