EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY ON STRAWBERRY FIRMNESS AT TWO DIFFERENT SITES IN THE HUELVA REGION OF SPAIN
The effects of ambient humidity and temperature on polytunnel grown straw-berries (Fragaria × ananassa Sabrosa-CandongaTM) and its impact on postharvest firmness were evaluated between March and June 2010 on two commercial sites in the Huelva region of Spain. Mean temperatures recorded during growth and development were between 11-21°C. Humidity varied between 56-81% and 60-86%, firmness was in the range of 3.2-9.9 N and 5.4-10.4 N for Lepe and Moguer growing sites, respectively. A significant (r=0.87, P<0.05) negative impact of growing temperature on firmness was observed. Increased temperatures of 1°C were found to decrease strawberry firmness by 0.5 and 0.7 N at each site. However, humidity levels greater than 75%, caused by high levels of precipitation, reversed that trend.
Pyrotis, S., Abayomi, L., Rees , D. and Orchard, J. (2012). EFFECT OF TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY ON STRAWBERRY FIRMNESS AT TWO DIFFERENT SITES IN THE HUELVA REGION OF SPAIN. Acta Hortic. 926, 567-570
CandongaTM, postharvest quality, pre-harvest conditions, climate change, strawberry