Pre- and postharvest factors determining carrot storability
Several factors may define storability in root crops. In the following paper, preliminary results are presented from two experiments performed to test factors affecting storage quality of carrot. The study have focused on 1) soil loosening/soil compaction and 2) different cultivars of carrot and root age considered by the length of the growing period. The results so far indicate that the soil compaction had few effects on storability of carrot, but did seem to negatively affect the length of the carrot. Soil loosening reduced the occurrence of liquorice rot caused by Mycocentrospora acerina. Large differences were found in storability between the ten tested carrot cultivars and length of growing period tended to be negatively correlated to storability. We conclude that a number of precautions in carrot production may increase storability and thus economic performance.
Thomsen, M.G., Johannesen, T., Molteberg, E., Wold, A.-B., Hermansen, A., Løes, A.-K. and Riley, H. (2021). Pre- and postharvest factors determining carrot storability. Acta Hortic. 1325, 357-362