Improving the storage of 'Hortgem Tahi' kiwiberry fruit
'Hortgem Tahi' is a proprietary cultivar of Actinidia arguta (kiwiberry) bred by Plant & Food Research. As with all kiwiberry fruit, storage life is limited by rapid softening and a risk of shrivel in drying conditions. Technologies commonly used to slow ripening for kiwifruit and other crops include controlled-atmosphere (CA) storage and treatment with the ethylene action inhibitor 1-methylcyclopropene (1‑MCP; SmartFresh). These methods of slowing fruit softening (ripening) in storage were investigated for their impact on 'Hortgem Tahi' kiwiberry. Both CA (2 or 5% O2 with 5 or 10% CO2) and SmartFresh 1-MCP (625 ppb) treatments were found to retard the softening of 'Hortgem Tahi'kiwiberry significantly.
Burdon, J., Billing, D., Pidakala, P., Barnett, A.M. and Thorp, T.G. (2018). Improving the storage of 'Hortgem Tahi' kiwiberry fruit. Acta Hortic. 1218, 593-600
Actinidia arguta, firmness, controlled atmosphere, MCP, quality