Agricultural Sciences
Vol.08 No.01(2017), Article ID:73757,20 pages

1-MCP Improved Diverse Sensorial, Biochemical and Physical Apple Traits during Cold Storage Based on Cultivar

B. Pashazadeh1, H. Hajnajari2*, F. Shavakhi3

1Post Harvest Group, Sabzevar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sabzevar, Iran

2Temperate Fruit Research Center, Horticulture Science Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran

3Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran

Copyright © 2017 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0).

Received: November 24, 2016; Accepted: January 20, 2017; Published: January 23, 2017


Apple cultivars’ storability could be strengthened through known techniques of cold storage, advanced industries of control atmosphere or other routine usages like fruit pre-cooling followed by immersion in CA++ solution, depending on genetic potential of the plant material. At the end of pomology and cold storage assessments of 93 apple cultivars, two high yielding native "Dirras-e Mashhad" and "Wealthy" were treated by single and combined 1-MCP and ethylene nano-absorbent (ENA) to assess eventual improvements in cold storage span, fruit eating quality and role of cultivar. For this purpose, directs effects and interactions between all sources of variance were studied. Ethylene emission and CO2 amounts were measured. The results showed that reduced weight loss and flesh firmness, were registered in the treated samples of both cultivars compared with the control. Using of 1-MCP affected significantly (p < 0.05) TSS (Total Soluble Solids), pH and TA (Titratable Acidity). 1-MCP inhibited rise of the fruit pH, decreasing also the level of TA during storage, while using of ethylene nano-absorbent showed no significant effect (p > 0.05) on these characteristics. The native apple "Dirras-e Mashhad" showed higher pH value than "Wealthy" under the combined treatment (ENA+1-MCP). Genetic source revealed significant difference through lower "Wealthy" storability. Ethylene emission increased to 53.64 ppm/Kg・hr after 5th month, which resulted in significant difference at p > 0.01 level related to the initial value of 3.26 ppm/Kg∙hr. The combined treatment (ENA+1-MCP) affected significantly (p < 0.05) most of the fruit characteristics in both of the cultivars. The treatments demonstrated different results by cultivar.


1-MCP, Ethylene Nano Absorbent, Flesh Softening, Storage Life

1. Introduction

Apple (Malus×domestica Borkh.) is one of the most cultivated fruit trees worldwide, with production of 69,511,975 tons for which Iran has been variously ranked amid third to eighth global producer with annual production of approximately 2 to 1,662,430 tons in the high competitive market (FAO, 2012) [1] . The apple industries have encountered a period of intense competition, described as being in a state of hypercompetition (Harker et al. 2003) [2] . Waste control in such delicate market reflects as a priority particularly for a climacteric crop. Apple respiration rate is influenced by factors including temperature, storage conditions expressed by oxygen, carbon dioxide and ethylene concentrations. Ethylene regulates important biological activities of fruit growth, maturation affecting aging process and senescence leading to fruit fall through formation of abscission layer (Rahemi, 2004) [3] . 1-MCP (1-methyl cyclopropene), despite the similar chemical layout related to ethylene, demonstrates anti-ethy- lenic properties. It is known as relatively new worthy compound due to its non-toxic influence on biological systems, inexpensive and high efficiency related to other ethylene reductive methods. It is retained to increase storage life and preserve fruit quality through decreasing the rate of ethylene production and consequent decelerating respiration rhythm leading to delay in ripening time. Delayed aging is accompanied with less flesh softening and not as much of color change. 1-MCP, C4H6 is able to maintain the quality and reduce the incidence of physiological disorders under limited temperature and normal pressure (Pelayo et al. 2005) [4] . Respiration occurs more in actively growing plant tissues than mature parts with a minimum in dormant organs, assuming that its rate will be duplicated in each increase of temperature of 10˚C, only if O2 shortage and/or accumulation of CO2 is inhibited. Ethylene synthesis, as a gaseous senescence hormone, is impeded also by aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG), a highly efficient chemical in decreasing respiration rate and carbon dissimilation (Tromp et al. 2005) [5] . Pre-harvest spray of daminozide is also recommended because of significant improvements in the quality of apples stored in controlled atmospheres (Sharples & Johnson, 1986) [6] . Other ethylene inhibitors such as potassium permanganate and ozone are considered as strong oxidizers (Jalili Marandi, 2008) [7] ; the non-volatile compounds can be easily separated from the product. In a long-term trial, the fruit samples of six most diffused apple cultivars in Europe as "Braeburn", "Cripps Pink", "Gala", "Fuji", "Golden Delicious", "Red Delicious" were harvested at three successive stages of fruit growth as beginning, mid and physiological maturity and stored in controlled atmosphere (CA) for 5 to 7.5 months under ultra low oxygen and/or CA storage conditions with and without prior exposure to 1-MCP SmartFreshTM. "Golden Delicious"

responded well in fruit firmness increase when stored in the more advanced storage technique using 1-MCP or DCA-CF, related to low oxygen. Both techniques could also increase fruit firmness of "Braeburn", but DCA-CF storage proved to be more effective on the latter cultivar than the 1-MCP treatment (Zanella & Rossi, 2015) [8] . 1-MCP pre-storage treatments entailed positive changes in sensory properties of "Granny Smith" apples during cold storage along with subsequent keeping of fruit at room temperature. At the end of cold storage, 0 - 1˚C, 90 - 95 relative humidity (RH), apples were stored in normal atmosphere 1, 8 and 15 and evaluated after 3, 6 and 9 months (Tomic et al. 2016) [9] . Ethylene removal is feasible by wide exposition to potassium permanganate. For this purpose, saturated solution of potassium permanganate should be laid on safe bed minerals like inflated mica, selenite, silicagel, alumina plates, perlite and expanding glasses. The plates containing potassium permanganate set in filtered sachets absorb ethylene molecules when air filtered (Zomorrodi, 2005) [10] . The effects of 1-MCP and ENA granules, singularly and in multiple combinations, on storage life and preserving the qualitative characteristics of two apple cultivars were investigated.

2. Materials & Methods

2.1. Plant Material

The fruit samples of two apple cultivars, Iranian native "Dirras-e Mashhad" and imported "Wealthy", were collected from the 20-year-old vase form trees on seed rootstocks grown in Karaj-Iran climatic conditions. The National collection of commercial apple cultivars is established in Horticultural Research Station of KamalShahr under Temperate Fruit Research Center. In late September of 2010, sampling was performed based on precise harvest time by assessment of the starch index (2 - 2.5). At picking, the fruits were gently twisted without exerting any pressure by finger tips and slowly placed in appropriate boxes under the trees shadow. The harvested fruits passed 24 hours of pre-cooling and then were stored at 0.5˚C and 90% of relative humidity.

2.2. "Dirras-e Mashhad" Traits

Origin: Mashahd, Iran, late ripening, days from bloom to pick: 161, the mean of 10 fruits: globose-oblong globose, diameter 66.1 mm, length/diameter ratio 0.83, russet susceptibility class 2, background: green, over-color: red, stalk length: 10 mm, peel thickness: medium-thick, seed size: medium, total seed/fruit and carpel: 7.5 and 5.

2.3. Wealthy Traits

Origin: Minnesota, USA, late ripening, days from bloom to pick: 156, the mean of 10 fruits: globose, diameter 62.5 mm, length/diameter ratio 0.79, russet susceptibility class 3, background: green, over-color: red, stalk length: 9 mm, peel medium-thick, seed size: big, mean total seed/fruit and carpel: 4.5 and 4.5.

3. Treatments

The experiment was achieved by studying the influence of three different chemical treatments related to control. In the first treatment, the samples were sprayed by 1 ppm of 1-MCP, made by LupoFresh Inc., imperviously for 8 hours at room temperature in gas exchange ambient. The treated samples by 1-MCP after 1 hour aeration were placed inside the boxes together with sachets containing 5-gram small granules of ENA manufactured by BioConservation Company. The second treatment was defined by single use of 1-MCP treated apples without ENA sachets and the third one by sole ENA sachets. The control samples were stored with no chemical treatment in normal conditions. Special shoulders containing apples, three repetitions for each treatment, placed inside the boxes were transferred to cold room at 0.5˚C and 90% R.H. In each experiment, 30 randomly selected fruits per cultivar were ordered in three distinct replicates of 10 fruit each. During 5 months of cold storage, qualitative and quantitative characteristics were evaluated. The effects of three different treatments were compared to control in each cultivar.

3.1. Weight Loss

Fruit weight was recorded by a digital scale with a precision of 0.1 gram, model B502 College. To measure the weight loss, the treated and control fruits of each cultivar weighed in separated boxes and compared to the initial weight. The measurements were computed in monthly temporal intervals for weight loss unto fifth month of cold storage.

3.2. Flesh Firmness

Flesh firmness was assessed by the Texture Analyzer, Hounsfield-H5KS model made in England. Thin layer of fruit peel sole per 1 cm2 was removed in 3 points by a sharp blade where a cylindrical plunger, 6.4 mm diameter, was pushed into apple flesh tissue, measured in Newton, over a constant distance with a speed of 20 mm per min (Finny & Massie, 1975) [11] .

Instrumental Measurements of Biochemical Traits TSS, TA and pH

Once removed ovary tissues, the juice was prepared by squeezing longitudinal slices of 1.5 fruit diameter of 10 fruits from each replication in juicer. The apple juice was passed through the filter paper and collected then into a flask Pre- (Aymard et al. 2005) [12] , TSS, pH and TA values of the two cultivars juice were determined for the defined treatments based on experimental design. TA was measured using caustic soda, 0.1 through the normal formula calculated on the basis of predominant malic acid in apple flesh, equivalent to 67 grams (Watkins, 2003 [13] ; Hosseini, 1990 [14] ). After calibrating pH meter with buffer solutions, pH of 20 mg/l of pure fruit juice was measured by digital pH meter. Few drops of filtered fruit juice put on the ESR prism surface was read in sort of manual ATAGO refractometer model 20181MC ranges (Brix 0 ~ 32%). The measurements were computed in monthly temporal intervals for biochemical traits unto fifth month of cold storage and the data were registered.

3.3. Sensory Evaluation

Taste-panel assessments founded on purely biological means could not be replaced by instrumental tests. In order to appraise sensorial traits, sound clean fruit samples of each cultivar were distributed to the 10 well-trained panelists as fixed members of the group, before lunch. Appraisements carried out by scoring flavor, aroma, juiciness, taste (sweetness, sourness, acidulous) and general acceptability. Acceptability index represents overall sensorial perception of the panelists, in predefined assessment sheets rated between 0 to 100 where index value 0 indicates dissatisfaction and 100 high satisfactions included all intermediate scales.

3.4. Data Analysis

To evaluate the eventual increase of storage life and maintaining the quality characteristics of two apple fruit cultivars by use of 1-MCP, a factorial experiment with a treatment of 1-MCP and ENA on two apple cultivars wealthy and Dirras-e Mashhad was applied within completely randomized design. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed using SAS statistical software. Mean comparisons were performed using Duncan’s Multiple Range test, all triplicates.

3.5. Ethylene Measurements

The biosynthesized ethylene amount per volume was achieved by ethylene- sensitive sensor (Bioconservation, UK). Measured the weight (g) and volume (cm3) of the fruits, three samples were placed into a 1 liter glass vase and 16 h later the values of the gaseous ethylene were registered in ppm.

3.6. CO2 Measurements

The CO2 produced was quantified using equipment Testo Model 435 made in Germany. The analysis was performed using 3 apples weighed by digital balance College B502 then placed in sealing chamber. The emitted CO2 was estimated in ppm during 30 min. scattered per 1 min. intervals. The data were collected for computations.

4. Results

The analysis of variance showed that biochemical characteristics and physical traits of the two cultivars were affected differently by use of sole 1-MCP or ENA and the combined form 1-MCP + ENA during storage (Table 1).

4.1. Fruit Weight Loss

The mean comparisons of weight loss percent between cultivars by use of 1- MCP, ENA and also combined treatment (1-MCPe + ENA) showed the highest

Table 1. Analysis of variance for the effects of different treatments on qualitative apple characteristics.

*, **, ns: significant at 1, 5 percent and none-significant respectively. DF: Degree of freedom.

decline, significant at p < 0.05 level, in "Wealthy" at 5th month of storage related to "Dirras-e Mashhad" due to non treated samples by 1-MCP and or ENA, while no significant difference was noted during the first 3 months (Tables 2-4). The 1-MCP efficacy was evaluated on quality of "Cortland" and "Empire" apples after storage. The treated samples for 3 hours at any of the temperatures reduced significantly the incidence of superficial scald sole in "Cortland". The final results indicated very high potential of 1-MCP for keep flesh quality during storage; nevertheless its efficacy could be influenced by temperature and duration as well as by apple cultivar (De Ella et al. 2002) [15] . Weight loss comparisons caused by single treatments of 1-MCP and ENA in both of the cultivars during storage time affirmed highest loss in "Wealthy" during the fifth month by ENA presence and lack of 1-MCP, while in the first four months the two cultivars had no significant difference (Table 2, Table 3). The combined treatments of the compounds showed no significant differences during storage (Table 5).

4.2. Effect of Cultivar and ENA on Flesh Firmness

Genetic variability had imminent role in flesh firmness trait so that though the mean comparisons showed decreasing trend for both of the cultivars during storage but "Dirras-e Mashhad" presented lower values related to "Wealthy" at the end of all five stepwise storage months. Also the difference levels varied clearly

Table 2. Mean comparisons of ENA and cultivar interaction during storage time on the two apple cultivars qualitative characteristics.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% possibility level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum. +with -without.

in successive monthly intervals (Figure 1). The effects of storage time and the ENA on flesh firmness showed that use of this chemical in entire months caused more flesh consistency related to control treatment. The highest and lowest mean firmness values, 20/8 and 5/8 Kg/cm2, were registered at the end of first and fifth month of storage, relatively in presence and lack of ENA (Table 5).

4.3. Fruit Biochemical Traits

The mean comparisons of storage period and cultivar interactions effects on the levels of pH, TA and TSS confirmed that pH levels increased over time between the two cultivars which their TA values were inversely changed, decreasing during storage time, either significantly different (p < 0.05). The total amount of dissolved solids over time, demonstrated increasing trend both in "Wealthy" and "Dirras-e Mashhad" (Figures 2-4). Interaction between storage time and 1-MCP

Table 3. Mean comparisons of cultivar and 1-MCP interaction on qualitative characteristics of the two apple cultivars during storage.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% probability level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum. +with ?without.

Table 4. Effect of 1-MCP and ENA applications and cultivar interaction on qualitative characteristics of the two apple cultivars.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% possibility level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum. +with ?without.

Table 5. Effect of 1-MCP and ENA applications during storage on qualitative characteristics of the two apple cultivars.

The same letters in each column indicates no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% possibility level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum. +with ?without.

Figure 1. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between storage time and cultivar on flesh firmness of apples.

Figure 2. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between cultivar and storage period on pH of apples.

Figure 3. Mean comparisons effects of interactions between cultivar and storage time on TA of apples.

on TA, pH and TSS showed that use of 1-MCP affected significantly pH of juice (p < 0.05), inhibiting it to increase. Vice verse, 1-MCP influenced TA significantly (p < 0.05) preventing its decrement. Use of 1-MCP affected equally TSS by increasing values (Figures 5-7). Mean comparisons of interaction effects of

Figure 4. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between cultivar and storage time on TSS of apples.

Figure 5. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between 1-MCP and storage time on the pH of apples.

ENA, cultivar and TSS sustained that the highest TSS value was obtained by ENA treatment in "Dirras-e Mashhad" and the lowest in "wealthy" (Table 6). ENA, 1-MCP and TSS mean comparisons of interaction effects endorsed that the

Figure 6. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between 1-MCP and storage time on TA of apples.

Figure 7. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between 1-MCP and storage time on TSS of apples.

Table 6. Mean comparisons effects of ENA and cultivar interaction on TSS of apples.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% possibility level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum.

highest and the lowest of ethylene absorption is respectively related to use of ENA and non that of 1-MCP. Ethylene absorption was improved by ENA, and ENA+1-MCP treatments affecting mean values of 15.3 and 14.91 of TSS, correspondingly (Table 7).

4.4. Sensory Characteristics

Application of sole ENA improved general acceptability of "Dirras-e Mashhad"’s at maximum level and the lowest percentage of acceptance through combined treatment of ENA+1-MCP. Contradictory responses were registered in terms of aroma, the maximum level of ENA treated samples was found in "Dirras-e Mashhad", while the minimum rates of aroma was noted in 1-MCP treated samples of "wealthy", combined use of ENA+1-MCP and non-treated (control) treatments of "Dirras-e Mashhad". Furthermore, single treatments showed high acceptance rates in "Dirras-e Mashhad", the cultivar that gained higher scores for each single panel characteristics when treated by ENA. Instead, the non treated samples, as control, led to least scores for fruit taste (Table 8). Others also noticed the that 1-MCP treatment increased fruit firmness in "Cripps Pink" while on "Fuji" and "Gala" firmness got only slightly increased Zanella & Rossi. 2015 [8] . "Bartlett" pear fruit ripening was assessed by exposure to concentrations of 1-MCP as 42 μmol∙m−3 or 0.42 μmol∙m−3 at harvest and then +4.2˚. Treated fruits contained similar peel yellow color, TA and soluble solid concentration, but higher firmness after 180 days storage compared to control fruit after 60 days storage. Reapplication of the compound based on fruit ethylene production capacity showed to be efficient. A low dose of 1-MCP application at harvest, reapplied by higher doses assessing the rate of ethylene production, re-

Table 7. Effect of ENA and 1-MCP on the TSS of apples.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in the Duncan test at the 5% possibility level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum.

Table 8. Mean comparison effects of ENA, 1-MCP and cultivar interaction on the sensory characteristics of apples.

The same letters in each column indicate no significant difference in Duncan test at the 5% level. a:maximum, b:medium, c:minimum. +with ?without.

moved from cold storage, Bartlett’ pear storage life was extended (Argenta et al. 2016) [16] .

5. Discussion and Conclusion

5.1. Fruit Weight Loss

Dehydration could deteriorate fruit weight and quality; the latter decayed organoleptic characteristics and also the appearance causing peel shrinkage. So during post harvest, all factors affecting the increase of the rate of fruit respiration should be controlled to preserve fruit moisture. The cultivars genetically capable of conserving longer the fruit weight are preferred (Bahari et al. 2010) [17] , as it was assessed through a cold storage trial of 49 mid, late and very late ripening commercial apples, ranked in different groups. Morgan & Richards 2002 [18] described different traits of 2000 apple cultivars including fruit storability potential. Weight loss occurs per via respiration and combustion of organic substances like sugars (Wills et al. 1998 [19] , Hajnajari et al. 2010) [20] . Use of 1-MCP and ENA could reduce respiration rate and also decelerate production of ethylene biosynthesis all leading to slowing down conversion of starch into the carbohydrates all with the aim of extending storage life. Due to genetic variability, fruit peel anatomy in different cultivars recites positive role in storability by means of more protective layers of wax or thick epidermis (Veraverbeke et al. 2001) [21] , the traits for which "Dirras-e Mashhad" showed less weight loss than "Wealthy". Cold storage of 7 Iranian early apple cultivars showed that, those with thin fruit peel, soft texture, juicy flesh and smaller size showed more limited storage life of 8 weeks equal to half of the dominant group (Hajnajari & Eshghi, 2013) [22] .

5.2. Flesh Firmness

Degradation of pectin compounds is reported as the main factor responsible for loose of flesh firmness in apple during ripening where genetic effect of cultivar showed to be significant on flesh softening. But the texture is defined also by mechanical and geometrical components including hardness, chewiness, viscosity and particle size and shape (Tromp et al. 2005) [5] . Proceeding with maturation, ripening and fruit aging and enzymes activities, cell wall polysaccharides undergo hydrolysis loosing texture integrity and hence softened flesh (Chen et al. 2006) [23] . The use of 1-MCP and NEA decelerated ethylene production, delayed the apple fruit maturity and ripening during storage. According to the reported results (Jeziorek et al. 2010 [24] ; and Sardabi et al. 2014 [25] ), 1-MCP treatment enhanced flesh tissue firmness of "Golden Delicious" fruits; the same response was observed on the treated samples of the apple cultivars in the present study. Newly released early apple "GolBahar" demonstrated 4 months of storability keeping eating quality because of high grade of flesh firmness, 5 kg/cm2, as well (Hajnajari, 2016) [26] . These results are equally confirmed by the present study. It was deduced that besides delayed ripening, due to reduced ethylene production, it prevented rapid fruit flesh softening plus preventing any change of over color. Other flesh traits influence the cultivar role including cell density as number of cells per volume unit, cell wall thickness and different metabolism pathway (Johnston & Hewett, 2002) [27] , so "Dirras-e Mashhad" was marked by higher firmness than "Wealthy". The same variability for different flesh traits was registered among 29 apple cultivars stored in +2˚C and 95%RH at 4th month continued with a decreasing trend of flesh firmness, highest values of storability were found in "Topaz", "Fiesta" and "Fuji" relatively 50.5, 57.3 and 64.1 N (Soska & Tomala, 2006) [28] . In agreement with our results others observed similar cultivar-dependent response regarding flesh firmness trend in the harvested fruits at three different growth stages during storage, even in the samples exposed to 1-MCP related to controlled atmosphere (CA) or low oxygen treatments. 1-MCP treated and untreated fruit samples of "Red Delicious" in both storage conditions, CA and low oxygen in comparison with normal cold storage conditions it was confirmed that the innovative techniques provide considerable storability and particularly flesh firmness (Zanella & Rossi, 2015) [8] .

5.3. Oscillations in TSS Levels

TSS value is a prevailed index of palatability indicating the amount of converted starch principally in sugars, albeit as a maturity index Tromp et al. 2005 [5] . Surveys performed on the average level of TSS during storage indicated that storing the fruit over longer times, sugar level will increase. Harvested fruits of "Shampion", 5 times at weekly intervals at more stages of fruit growth, during and after predictable optimum harvest date, till physiological maturity or ripening, using starch index approved that quality parameters will change according to harvest date. So, late harvested samples overtook by increased TSS values could shorten the storability (Kvikliene & Valiuškaitė, 2009) [29] , nevertheless, others reported the reduction of TSS during storage (Naseri et al., 2001) [30] . Even some results regarding 1-MCP treatment indicate no significant effect (p < 0.05) on TSS (De Filippi et al. 2004 [31] ; Moran & McManus, 2005 [32] [33] ) but use of NAE and control treatments (normal pathway) both increased the TSS levels during storage. Negative correlation was found between TSS and fruit weight studying pomologies in 8 promising apple genotypes. IRI6 and IRI1 showed relatively 13 and 18.5 of grade (Brix Zand & Hajnajari, 2011) [34] . Timing and 1-MCP reapplication concentration ought to be controlled for desired quality, TA, SSC, flesh firmness as well as physiological disorders Argenta et al. 2016 [16] .

5.4. Acidity and Fruit pH

Mean comparisons of pH and TA revealed that in the long run pH increased but TA decreased, alterations caused by malic acid production due to respiratory activities. As a rule, "to lower descends the TA, the higher level will ascend the pH", and since organic acids as the raw materials are used during respiration, reduced acidity and increased pH occurs during storage, so more organic acids will convert to glucose (Shaykh-al-Eslami, 2004) [35] . Others noted TA level comes down during fruit development stages till ripening; the process continued either during storage period. Such trend of TA decline acceleration is predominantly influenced by genetic specification of the cultivar (Soska & Tomala, 2006) [28] . Also Sardabi et al. 2014 [25] reported 1-MCP and ethylene absorber maintained lower pH values comparing to untreated apples. In treated apples by 1-MCP and stored under controlled atmosphere, the main event in fruits was the TA reduction level, stored under different conditions. In accordance with the mentioned reports, the TA diminished in both cultivars in exam even with differences during storage, but disaccording with them, the use of 1-MCP and NEA impeded the pH to increase (Akbudak et al. 2009) [36] .

5.5. Sensory Characteristics

Generally, fruits at ripening stage would find the desired aroma and flavor. Moreover, cultivars differ from each other in ripening time to achieve the desired sensory properties 9Pelayo-zaldivar, 2005) [4] . The panel group concluded that native "Dirras-e Mashhad" contained better inherent aroma composed of innumerable volatile compounds such as derivates of alcohol, aldehydes, carboxylic esters, ketones and ether, properties decisively depending to the genetics compared with "Wealthy", both grown under identical orchard management and climatic conditions. The observed differences between treatments related to control, affirm the relative efficiencies of the proposed chemicals on qualities and weights of apples. It was shown that use of 1-MCP and ENA could increase the period of qualified cold storage, depending also on the cultivar. The highest flesh stiffness was held at 5th month by ENA, and the least weight loss was achieved by 1-MCP. Other noticeable traits may be defined as flesh firmness, TSS, TA and improved over-color. Genetic factor played prominent role in de/accelerating the alterations. Since those cultivars like Dirras-e Mashhad that suffer less alteration in unit of time, it reflects a higher storage potential. Furthermore sole 1-MCP had significant effect on marketability and key commercial traits of fruits e.g. weight, flesh firmness and over-color intensity indicating it as an acceptable chemical to increase the apple storage time. ENA could also maintain relatively the firmness compared with control. Aroma was not affected by 1-MCP treatment neither in "Wealthy" nor in "Dirras-e Mashhad", in agreement with the other results on "Red Delicious" and "Golden Delicious" (Kondo et al. 2005) [37] . The observations regarding aroma was either reported by Mattheis et al. 2005 [38] , so that 1-MCP treated "Gala" apples, stored in different conditions including CA, produced less volatile compounds than control. Others by treatment of "Granny Smith" apples with 1-MCP could extend the storage time in normal storage conditions for at least 3 months without losing freshness. Descriptive sensory analysis affirmed that 1-MCP treated samples suffered low rates loss of juiciness, cohesiveness, hardness, crunchiness, greenness and sourness during storage as compared to control. All of the samples appeared on the positive side of ‘Freshness’ axis in principal component space. The highest level of freshness loss during the storage period was observed in control samples, which suffered changes in quality after the 9 months of storage, so that the fruit were totally decayed (Tomic et al. 2016) [9] .

5.6. Ethylene Production

The analysis of variance for fruit ethylene emission showed significant difference only in storage time. The mean comparisons of ethylene production at initial time of experiment and 5th month of storage measured relatively at 3.26 and 53.64 ppm/Kg∙hr. The assessments emphasize the increasing trend of ethylene production correlated directly with respiration of the fruit senescence reflected in cell wall softening due to enzymatic action. Occurrence of known apple disorders such as scald, bitter pit and internal browning during storage all go through the similar metabolic pathway for which the final reaction lead to stimulation and production of ethylene (Tromp et al. 2005) [5] .

5.7. CO2 Production

The analysis of variance for fruit CO2 production afforded the significant differences regarding storage period, cultivar, interactions of time × cultivar, time × cultivar × 1MCP and time × KMnO4 × 1MCP, as well. No significant difference was noted for other traits. The mean comparisons of emitted CO2 during storage confirmed that the least value 2301.6 was recorded for initial stage of storage, but it in an increasing trend it grows to 2610.1, 3085.2 and 3154.6 ppm/kg∙h in monthly intervals, first to 3rd month of storage, with a slight reduction (3115.3) at the end of 4th month and a noticeable decline (2592.5) at final stage of storage. There was observed significant difference of generated CO2 at 5 percent of probability between the first 30 days of storage and other consecutive 90 days. The mean comparisons of produced CO2 by the two apple cultivars showed significant difference during entire period of storage. "Wealthy" with the mean

Figure 8. Mean comparisons effects of interaction between cultivar and storage time on the CO2 emission (ppm/kg∙h) of apples.

value of 36.5 ppm/kg∙h produced more CO2 than "Dirras-e Mashhad" that emitted 34.16 ppm/kg∙h. Interactions between time × cultivar on generated CO2 demonstrated that over time CO2 production was gradually increased so that the highest rates were observed in "Wealthy" and "Dirras-e Mashhad", 2839.2 and 3623 ppm/kg.h during the third and second month, while the least values 2317.3 and 2285.8 were registered at initial stage of storage, correspondingly, confirming the "Wealthy" with highest respiration rate. At the end of fifth month both of cultivars decreased the emission of CO2 (Figure 8).


We acknowledge Agricultural Engineering Research Institute for Instrumental laboratory aids and Temperate Fruit Research Institute for providing the plant genetic resources maintained in National Collection of Native and Imported Commercial Apple Cultivars in Karaj, Iran.

Cite this paper

Pashazadeh, B., Hajnajari, H. and Shavakhi, F. (2017) 1-MCP Improved Diverse Sensorial, Biochemical and Physical Apple Traits during Cold Storage Based on Cultivar. Agricultural Sciences, 8, 77-96.


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