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Using jasmonates and salicylates to reduce losses within the fruit supply chain

Using jasmonates and salicylates to reduce losses within the fruit supply chain

Glowacz, Marcin ORCID: 0000-0002-9249-1964 and Rees, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0003-3541-0424 (2016) Using jasmonates and salicylates to reduce losses within the fruit supply chain. European Food Research and Technology, 242 (2). pp. 143-156. ISSN 1438-2377 (Print), 1438-2385 (Online) (doi:

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The fresh produce industry is constantly growing, due to increasing consumer demand. The shelf-life of some fruit, however, is relatively short, limited by microbial contamination or visual, textural and nutritional quality loss. Thus, techniques for reducing undesired microbial contamination, spoilage and decay, as well as maintaining product’s visual, textural and nutritional quality are in high demand at all steps within the supply chain. The postharvest use of signalling molecules, i.e. jasmonates and salicylates seems to have unexplored potential. The focus of this review is on the effects of treatment with jasmonates and salicylates on the fresh produce quality, defined by decay incidence and severity, chilling injury, maintenance of texture, visual quality, taste and aroma, and nutritional content. Postharvest treatments with jasmonates and salicylates have the ability to reduce decay by increasing fruit resistance to diseases and reducing chilling injury in numerous products. These treatments also possess the ability to improve other quality characteristics, i.e. appearance, texture maintenance and nutritional content. Furthermore, they can easily be combined with other treatments, e.g. heat treatment, ultrasound treatment. A good understanding of all the benefits and limitations related to the postharvest use of jasmonates and salicylates is needed, and relevant information has been reviewed in this paper.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Jasmonates, Salicylates, Fresh produce, Quality and safety, Sensory evaluation, Storage
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 10:39

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