Postharvest Responses of 'Malindi' Cavendish Banana to Various Storage Conditions

Umezuruike Linus Opara, Rashid Al-Yahyai*, Nafla Al-Waili, Fahad Al Said, Majeed Al-Ani, Annamalai Manickavasagan, Adel Al-Mahdouri

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'Malindi' banana (Musa,'Dwarf Cavendish') was stored at three storage conditions (11-12°C and 95.5% RH; 20-22°C and 82-85% RH; and cyclic cooling and warming to simulate day/night conditions during the banana harvest season: 28°C and 50% RH/18°C and 70% RH). Fruit storage life was 21, 10, and 8 days in the refrigerated storage, normal room storage, and storage under cyclic day/night conditions, respectively. Fruit ripening, respiration, and ethyelene production were significantly higher at high temperature storage and cyclic day/night conditions leading to faster fruit deterioration. Under these storage conditions, the rate of fruit weight loss, firmness, vitamin C loss, and chlorophyll degradation was also higher compared to refrigeration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-388
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Fruit Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Dwarf Cavendish
  • Musa spp.
  • physicochemical properties
  • ripening
  • storage
  • vitamin C

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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