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Effects of 1-Methylcyclopropene and Wrapping Material on Postharvest Qualities of Spine Gourd (Momordica dioica)

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G.P.M. Wijesinghe ,

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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G.D.K. Kumara,

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
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J.B.D.A.P. Kumara

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Spine gourd (Momordica dioica) is a tropical under-utilized vegetable (known as King of Gourds) that belongs to family Cucurbitaceae. It has higher demand in Asia and Sri Lanka due to its distinct taste and promising health properties known for over thousands of years. However, vulnerability to postharvest damages due to climacteric ripening behavior results in short shelf-life of this commodity. It significantly affects their market potential. The present study attempts to extend shelf-life while maintaining postharvest qualities in spine gourd by using 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) wrapping at ambient temperature (27±1 °C). The experiment was conducted according to Completely Randomized Factorial Design using eight treatment combinations: 0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 μL L-1 1-MCP treated for 15 hours and stored with and without LDPE wrapping under ambient temperature. Physical parameters; fresh weight loss, firmness, peel color changes and chemical parameters; total soluble solids, titratable acidity were evaluated five days after treatment. Fresh weight loss significantly declined in wrapped spine gourd fruits. The highest firmness was observed in chemically treated fruits with LDPE wrapping. Yellowing of fruits decreased with 0.5 μL L-1 1-MCP and LDPE wrapping. Total soluble solid content was lesser in fruit wrapped with LDPE. Thus, it can be concluded that some postharvest qualities of spine gourd are positively affected by 0.5 μL L-1 1-MCP concentration with LDPE wrapping.

How to Cite: Wijesinghe, G.P.M., Kumara, G.D.K. and Kumara, J.B.D.A.P., 2020. Effects of 1-Methylcyclopropene and Wrapping Material on Postharvest Qualities of Spine Gourd (Momordica dioica). SLIIT Journal of Humanities and Sciences, 1(1), pp.1–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sjhs.v1i1.24
Published on 01 Dec 2020.
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