Temperature dependency of respiration rates of three chilli cultivars.

R Janasithorn, AR East, EW Hewett, Andrew Mawson, JA Heyes

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Respiration rate is an important factor related to rates of quality change of fresh produce. In this study, three chilli cultivars, 'Paprika' (Capsicum annuum), 'Jalapeno' (Capsicum annuum) and 'Habanero' (Capsicum chinense) sourced from a commercial grower in New Zealand were used to study the relationship between temperature and respiration rate. Fruit were stored at 0, 4, 8, 12, and 20ºC and respiration rate was measured as carbon dioxide (CO2) production at 7 day intervals until the end of storage. Respiration rate increased exponentially with increased storage temperature for all three cultivars although each cultivar was influenced differently by temperature. The highest respiration rates of 0.38, 1.03 and 2.74 mmol (CO2)kg-1h-1 for 'Jalapeno', 'Habanero' and 'Paprika' respectively were measured for fruit stored at 20ºC. Ethylene production was not detected for all three cultivars during storage. An Arrhenius based respiration model was developed to describe the dependence of respiration rate on temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVIth Proceedings
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherActa Horticulturae
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789066056138
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Postharvest Symposium - Antalya, Turkey, Turkey
Duration: 08 Apr 2009 → …


ConferenceInternational Postharvest Symposium
Period08/04/09 → …

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    Janasithorn, R., East, AR., Hewett, EW., Mawson, A., & Heyes, JA. (2010). Temperature dependency of respiration rates of three chilli cultivars. In VIth Proceedings (Vol. 877, pp. 1821-1826). Acta Horticulturae.