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Effects of postharvest handling on lenticel spotting of 'Tommy Atkins' mangoes from Northeast Brazil

Self, G.; Assis, J.S. de; Caron, V.C.

Acta Horticulturae 712: 543-550

2006


ISSN/ISBN: 0567-7572
Accession: 012855114

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Both red and black lenticel spotting reduce the value of mango Tommy Atkins fruits exported from northeast Brazil to North America and Europe. By applying none, some or all postharvest operations to early and mid-season fruits, it was shown that postharvest handling increases lenticel spotting in a cumulative way. Both types of lenticel spotting were caused principally by washing fruits in a calcium hydroxide solution to prevent sap burn. Following this, the USDA phytosanitary hot water treatment reduced the potential for subsequent red lenticel spotting during cold storage, but increased black lenticel spotting.

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