RESPIRATION MEASUREMENTS IN VARIOUS KINDS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT DURING STORAGE UNDER INCREASED CO2 AND REDUCED O2 CONCENTRATIONS

H. Bohling, H. Hansen
Successful application of CA storage conditions in fruit and vegetables is based on the inhibition of the respiratory metabolism. This method is not practicable in those cases where the respiratory inhibition leads to qualitative changes of the metabolism with formation of compounds showing adverse effects on the tissue. The critical concentrations of CO2 and O2 in the storage atmosphere for the various kinds of fruit and vegetables are to be defined by storage tests.

Since metabolic anomalies result, at least partly, from disturbed respiration we decided to measure the respiratory activity and in particular the respiratory quotient hoping that these studies would supply early information regarding the tolerance of the storage atmosphere for the plant material. Using the appropriate gas analysers, partly with variable measuring range, we have studied the respiratory reaction of different kinds of fruit and vegetables under CA conditions. The results obtained so far suggest that our assumption was right and that it is worthwhile to continue working in this field.

Bohling, H. and Hansen, H. (1974). RESPIRATION MEASUREMENTS IN VARIOUS KINDS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT DURING STORAGE UNDER INCREASED CO2 AND REDUCED O2 CONCENTRATIONS. Acta Hortic. 38, 83-88
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1974.38.8
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1974.38.8
38_8
83-88

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