A low-cost fruit ripening chamber
Fruit ripening is a physiological process in fruits that leads to changes in color, texture, aroma and nutritional quality of mature fruit and makes it more palatable. Ethylene is a natural plant hormone that regulates the fruit ripening process. Exposure of unripe fruit to a lower dose of ethylene is sufficient to stimulate the natural ripening process until the fruit itself starts producing ethylene in large qualities. Different kinds of ethylene rooms are used globally for ripening of fruits on large scale. However, these sophisticated ripening chambers are very expensive and not suitable for ripening of fruits on small scale. Hence a low cost ripening chamber has been developed by the Dr. B.S. Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli Dist-Ratnagiri Maharashtra, India, for ripening of fruits especially for mango and banana for small farmers. The present paper deals with details of the process.
Pujari, K.H., Mehta, V.B. and Jogalekar, V. (2020). A low-cost fruit ripening chamber. Acta Hortic. 1278, 139-144
mango fruit, ethylene gas, ripening behavior, PLW, fruit quality