|Authors: ||M. Linke, H.-P. Kläring|
|Keywords: ||Lycopersicum esculentum, temperature, nutrition solution, quality, air humidity, air flow, transpiration resistance, respiration rate|
Yield components and quality parameters at the date of harvest are the key areas of interest in preharvest investigations.
However, after harvest, these charac-teristics change depending on both the initial state at harvest and the post-harvest conditions, such as air temperature, air humidity, and flow conditions close to the produce.
Internal degradation processes as well as water loss as a result of transpi-ration lead to quality loss of horticultural produce in the postharvest chain, rapidly affecting the produce’s marketability.
The aim of the present study was the evalua-tion of the effects of different preharvest conditions on postharvest behaviour of to-mato fruits.
Tomatoes were grown at low or high air temperatures with either low or high nutrient solution concentrations and then subjected to different post-harvest conditions.
We observed that low nutrient solution concentration negatively affected keeping quality, and in addition, a low air temperature during fruit growth intensi-fied this trend.
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