The Effect of Visible Light on the Postharvest Life of Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.)

De Bruijn, Johannes; Fuentes, Nicole; Solar, Victor; Valdebenito, Ana; Vidal, Leslie; Melin, Pedro; Fagundes, Francis; Valdes, Hector


Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) are widely cultivated and consumed, but ripening should be carried out in controlled storage conditions to extend their shelf life and avoid economic losses. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of visible artificial light on the ripening and quality of fresh market tomatoes stored at a low temperature and high humidity. The postharvest performance with respect to the ripening of organically grown tomatoes in the Toscano cultivar, with a long storage life, was studied in the presence and the absence of visible LED light. The maturation kinetics of the tomatoes was modeled using the Power Law equation. Results showed that tomatoes stored in the presence of light exhibited an increased respiration rate and a faster preclimacteric phase. Lycopene content, total soluble solids, and maturity index increased in the presence of light. Hence, light increased the postharvest ripening of tomatoes, affecting their shelf life.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000915166700001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: HORTICULTURAE
Volumen: 9
Número: 1
Editorial: MDPI Open Access Publishing
Fecha de publicación: 2023


Notas: ISI