Fruit Quality, Antioxidant Capacity, Related Genes, and Enzyme Activities in Strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa) Grown under Colored Plastic Films

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The influence of colored plastic films (red, yellow, green, blue, and white) on fruit quality, antioxidant capacity, and gene transcripts was studied in greenhouse-grown strawberries. Fruits grown under white plastic film were used as the controls. Results indicated that there was no difference in single fruit weight due to colored plastic films in the present study. The colored plastic films had significant effects on sugar and organic acid content. The content of total sugar (SUG) was increased by 10.39% and total organic acid (ACID) was decreased by 16.58% in fruit grown under blue plastic film compared with the controls. Fruit grown under blue plastic film had significantly higher SUG content and lower ACID content than fruit subjected to yellow and green plastic films and had the highest SUG/ACID ratio of 11.46. Colored plastic films had significant effects on bioactive compound (anthocyanin, flavonoid, phenolic) content and antioxidant capacity. The highest level of bioactive compound content was detected under red plastic film. The content of total phenolics, total flavonoids, and total anthocyanin (TAC) in fruits grown under red plastic film was respectively 23.10%, 25.37%, and 74.11% higher than that of the fruits grown under the control. The antioxidant capacities were highest in fruits grown under red plastic film. Fruits grown under red and yellow films had higher sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) and sucrose synthase (SS) activity than those fruit covered with green, blue, and white plastic films at whole fruit development stages. Acid invertase (AI) activity was high in fruit grown under green plastic film and declined during development. Blue plastic film had mainly increased the FaSPS and FaAI transcript at the green stage, and decreased the expression of FaSS. It is proposed that colored plastic films can regulate the expression of genes involved in the flavonoid biosynthesis pathway, especially FaPAL, FaF3H, FaFGT, and FaMYB10, at half-red and red stages.

Contributor Notes

This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31201613), the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (LY16C150004), the Young Talent Training Program of Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2015R05R08E01), and the Science and Technology Project of Zhejiang Province (2016C02052-8).

Corresponding author. E-mail: jgh2004267@sina.cn.

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    Fruits grown under colored plastic films. (A) Sketch of fruits grown under colored plastic films; 1: furrow; 2: raised bed; 3: wire bracket; 4: black polyethylene film; 5: strawberry fruits; 6: colored plastic film; 7: strawberry plant. (B) Fruits grown under colored plastic films in a greenhouse.

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    Effect of colored plastic films on expression of (A) FaSPS, (B) FaSS, and (C) FaAI during strawberry fruit development. Values are the means. Vertical bars represent the sd of the means. Values with different small letter mean significant difference (P < 0.05) within a stage, and those with the same letter represent no significant difference (P > 0.05). The same was as below.

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    Effect of colored plastic films on (A) sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS), (B) sucrose synthase (SS), and (C) acid invertase (AI) activity during strawberry fruit development.

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    Effect of colored plastic films on the expression of FaPAL, FaF3H, FaFLS, FaFGT, FaDFR, and FaMYB10 during strawberry fruit development.

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