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The Effects of the Use of Corrugated Cardboards Covered with Ethylene Absorbers on Mango Fruit Quality after Short-Term Storage (Mangifera indica L.)

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Corrugated cardboard covered with ethylene absorbers is an innovation that can be used to extend the shelf life of mango fruit to slow the loss of fruit quality. Mango fruits ‘Gedong’ were placed in boxes having as the inner parts corrugated cardboard covered with ethylene absorbers. Three storage treatments – corrugated cardboard without ethylene absorber, with activated carbon or activated carbon + potassium permanganate – were used to find the best method to prevent quality deterioration of mango. The color change, mass loss, texture value, and total soluble solids content were evaluated after 10 days of storage. The initial results showed that the highest accumulation of ethylene production by fruit samples was 0.628 ppm·kg−1 on the fourth day after harvest, while the total ethylene production during 8 days of storage was 2.231 ppm·kg−1. The use of ethylene absorbers had significant effects on the quality parameters except for the color changes. Storage for 10 days in boxes lined with corrugated cardboard ethylene absorber in form of activated carbon + potassium permanganate resulted in the lowest mass loss (4.40 ± 2.6%), softness (0.2 ± 0.1 mm·g−1·s−1) and total soluble solids (14.7 ± 1.2 °Brix).

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