Application of 1-MCP on ‘Centro’ Melon at Different Days after Harvest
This study is aimed to investigate the influence of
postharvest delays of 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) treatment on
prolonging the storage potential of melon. Melons were treated with
625-650 ppb 1-MCP at 10 °C for 24 hours on the 1st, 3rd and 5th day
after harvest. Decreased ethylene production and retarded softening
of melon fruits after 7 days of storage at 10 °C plus 3 days of shelflife
were obtained by 1-MCP applications. 1-MCP strongly affected
the chlorophyll fluorescence characteristics and hue angle values of
melon. After shelf-life, the peel color of treated melon was slow in
turning to yellow compared to the control. Additionally, firmness of
melons treated on the first day after harvest was 38% higher than that
of the control fruit. Results showed that fruits treated on the 1st and
the 3rd day after harvest could maintain the quality of melon.
1-MCP, delay, muskmelon, storage.