EFFECT OF UV-B IRRADIATION ON CHLOROPHYLL DEGRADATION AND POSTHARVEST PHYSIOLOGY IN STORED LIME (CITRUS LATIFOLIA TAN.) FRUIT
UV-B irradiation was applied to lime fruit to investigate its effect on chlorophyll degradation and chlorophyll-degrading enzyme activities in stored limes. Lime fruits at the green mature stage were irradiated with UV-B at the dose of 0 (control) and 19.0 kJ m-2. Then, the treated fruits were stored at 25°C in a relative humidity (RH) of 85-90%. UV-B treatment efficiently delayed the decrease of the hue angle value and the contents of chlorophylls a and b. In treated fruits, chlorophyllase, chlorophyll-degrading peroxidase and pheophytinase activities as well as the Mg-dechelation were suppressed. Moreover, the weight loss and the opening of stomata were reduced by UV-B treatment. We concluded that UV-B treatment effectively suppressed chlorophyll degradation in mature green lime during storage, suggesting that this effect could be due to the suppression of chlorophyll-degrading enzyme activities.
Kaewsuksaeng, S., Aiamla-or, S., Shigyo, M. and Yamauchi, N. (2012). EFFECT OF UV-B IRRADIATION ON CHLOROPHYLL DEGRADATION AND POSTHARVEST PHYSIOLOGY IN STORED LIME (CITRUS LATIFOLIA TAN.) FRUIT . Acta Hortic. 945, 105-111
lime, UV-B, chlorophyll degradation