Effects of preharvest, harvest and postharvest factors on the quality of pear (cv. 'Rocha') stored under controlled atmosphere conditions

Andrea C. Galvis-Sánchez, Susana C. Fonseca, Alcina M. M. B. Morais, F. Xavier Malcata*

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Abstract

Pears (cv. 'Rocha') grown at two locations and picked up at various times during the harvest season were assessed for firmness and colour, following 9 mo of storage under air or under controlled atmosphere conditions. A second-order polynomial was able to accurately fit the effect of time of harvest on pear's quality, in an essentially empirical modelling effort; the best estimates of the parameters therein depend on the growing location, as well as on the atmosphere gas composition prevailing during storage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-172
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Food Engineering
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004

Keywords

  • Colour
  • Date of harvest
  • Firmness
  • Gas composition
  • Growing location
  • Modelling
  • Storage

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