Effects of postharvest ultraviolet-C treatment on shelf-life and quality of bitter gourd fruit during storage

Prajapati, Uma and Asrey, Ram and Varghese, Eldho and Singh, A K and Singh, Madan Pal (2021) Effects of postharvest ultraviolet-C treatment on shelf-life and quality of bitter gourd fruit during storage. Food Packaging and Shelf Life, 28. pp. 1-8.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this experiment was to study the effect of varied UV-C exposure time (20, 30, 40 minutes) on nu-traceutical properties, defence-related compounds, and storage life of bitter gourd fruit. Treated fruit was stored in a cold room maintained at 10 ◦C temperature and 85–95 % relative humidity for 16 days. UV-C treatment for 40 min was found better in improving antioxidant activity by inhibiting DPPH to 57 %, increasing total phenols to 61 %, total carotenoid to 134 % and total chlorophyll to 61.9 % during 16 days of storage period in com-parison with control. UV-C treatment for 40 min was unable to maintain ascorbic acid and reduced its level to 15 % as compared to control on 16th day of storage. UV-C 40 min treatment has also shown positive effects in maintaining fruit firmness, reducing weight loss and fruit decay percent. Longer exposure to UV-C seems to enhance the abiotic stress level in bitter gourd fruit and it leads to the formation of defence-related compounds like MDA and proline. These compounds conjoin stored fruit in alleviating stress and maintaining a higher concentration of secondary metabolites. This suggests that the application of UV-C for 40 min can be gainfully utilized for enhancing shelf-life and retaining desirable quality parameters during storage of bitter gourd fruit.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Ultraviolet C radiation; Phenolics Antioxidants; Ascorbic acid; Defence related compounds
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Fishery Resource Assessment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 04:48
    Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 04:48
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/15082

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