Horticultural Studies (HortiS) 2022, Vol 39, Num, 2     (Pages: 033-040)

The Use of Controlled Atmosphere Box in Sweet Cherry Storage

Atakan GÜNEYLİ 1 ,Cemile Ebru ONURSAL 2 ,Tuba SEÇMEN 2 ,Seda SEVİNÇ ÜZÜMCÜ 3 ,Mehmet Ali KOYUNCU 4 ,Derya ERBAŞ 4

1 Fruit Research Institute, 32500, Isparta, Türkiye
2 Batı Akdeniz Agricultural Research Instiute, 07100, Antalya, Türkiye
3 Isparta Directorate of Provincial Agriculture and Forestry, 32200, Isparta, Türkiye
4 Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, 32200, Isparta, Türkiye
DOI : 10.16882/HortiS.1119743 Viewed : 800 - Downloaded : 387 The aim of the study was to examine the use of controlled atmosphere (CA) box, a new technology, for sweet cherry storage. In addition, this technology was compared to normal (NA) and modified atmosphere (MAP) storages commonly used in sweet cherry preservation. The `0900 Ziraat` sweet cherry variety, the most popular in Türkiye, was used as the material. Fruit harvested at optimum stage were transported to the laboratory immediately, and precooled at 1°C. After pre-cooling, fruit were stored at 0°C and 90±5% relative humidity (RH) for 5 weeks in NA, MAP conditions, and in CA box at 2°C. During the storage period, weight loss, fruit skin color, stem color, respiration rate, soluble solids content (SSC), titratable acidity (TA), gas composition of box and MAP were determined at weekly intervals. Fruit were also evaluated for sensory attributes during cold storage. Samples taken from cold storage in each week were stored for 2 days at 20°C for shelf life and then fruit were reevaluated. According to evaluation criteria, the CA boxes gave better results than the other storage conditions at the end of the storage period of 35 days. Sweet cherry cv. `0900 Ziraat` could be stored for 5 weeks in CA box and 4 weeks in MAP, with marketable quality. Keywords : Controlled atmosphere Postharvest Quality Sweet cherry Storage