EFFECT OF COOLING PERIOD ON QUALITY AND RIPENING OF ‘DOYENNE DU COMICE’ PEARS
One of the major goals of the pear industry is to improve the quality of fruits being marketed. Poor quality fruit may reflect the condition at harvest or may be due to unsuitable postharvest handling. In Spain, the relative importance of ‘Doyenne du Comice’ pears is increasing slightly, due to its high quality. To obtain normal ripening and optimum quality, this cultivar requires prior exposure to cold storage (Leblond, 1979). The duration of this cold period is influenced by fruit maturity at harvest (Elgar et al., 1997) and also by climactic characteristics. The objective of the present work has been to determinate the effects of the cold period on the ripening pattern and quality parameters of ‘Doyenne du Comice’ pears grown in Lleida (Spain).
Miró, R., Graell, J., Larrigaudiere, C. and López, M.L. (2001). EFFECT OF COOLING PERIOD ON QUALITY AND RIPENING OF ‘DOYENNE DU COMICE’ PEARS. Acta Hortic. 553, 735-737
Pyrus communis; pear; fruit quality; ripening; ethylene; chilling requirement