EXTENDING MUSHROOM STORAGE-LIFE BY COMBINING MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING AND COOLING
A modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) system for mushrooms has recently been described in a model system (continuous storage at 18°C). In this paper, comparisons have been made between mushroom MAP at ambient and lower storage temperatures (10°C and 2°C). The modification of the atmosphere (oxygen and carbon dioxide) was reduced with the lower storage temperatures. The effects of two-temperature storage regimes (initial storage at a low temperature followed by a period at 18°C) were also examined. After transfer to 18°C, the gas levels became similar to those of continuous 18°C storage. All MAP treatments delayed mushroom development. The combination of cool storage and MAP further delays mushroom development but weight losses from the mushrooms are increased.
Burton, K.S. and Twyning, R. V. (1989). EXTENDING MUSHROOM STORAGE-LIFE BY COMBINING MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING AND COOLING. Acta Hortic. 258, 565-572