EFFECT OF 1-MCP ON SENESCENCE OF DENDROBIUM FLOWERS IN SIMULATED SHIPMENT FOR EXPORT
The effect of 1-methylcyclopopene (1-MCP) was investigated on the quality and vase life of Dendrobium Jacky inflorescences during simulated shipment. Cut Dendrobium Jacky inflorescences with wet-packing were treated with 300 or 500 nl L-1 1-MCP at 25°C for 4 h and held in cardboard boxes at 25°C for 3 days for simulation of air transportation. Upon unpacking the flowers were individually held in 15 ml centrifuge tubes containing distilled water at 25°C. The 1-MCP treatment showed less flower abscission and less wilting of open flowers and flower buds. The 1-MCP treatment also reduced the ethylene concentration inside the boxes. It is concluded that a pretreatment with 1-MCP can be commercially applied for export of orchid flowers.
Ketsa , S. and Uthaichay, N. (2012). EFFECT OF 1-MCP ON SENESCENCE OF DENDROBIUM FLOWERS IN SIMULATED SHIPMENT FOR EXPORT. Acta Hortic. 945, 375-380
ethylene production, abscission, wilting, 1-MCP, orchid flower, vase life