Effect of Precooling Methods and Peduncle Lengths on Soft Rot Decay of Bell Peppers1

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Mark ShermanVegetable Crops Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

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Robert F. KasmireDepartment of Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

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Kenneth D. ShulerPalm Beach County Extension, IFAS, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Daniel A. BottsSouth Bay Growers, Inc., South Bay, FL 33493

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Abstract

Thorough precooling of bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L. cv. California Wonder) to 10°C (50°F) soon after harvest delayed, but did not prevent, soft rot decay caused by Erwinia carotovora (L. R. Jones) Holland. There was little weight loss and shrivel in any of the treatments. Inoculated peppers with intact or partial peduncles had better overall visual quality and were less decayed than peppers with no peduncles.

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Received for publication on Sept. 17, 1981. Florida Agricultural Experiment Station Journal Series No. 3244.

The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper therefore must be hereby marked advertisement solely to indicate this fact.

This work was done while R. F. Kasmire was Visiting Professor with the Vegetable Crops Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville. The cooperation of South Bay Growers, Inc., in providing personnel, materials, and facilities for this study is gratefully acknowledged. The authors also thank J. R. Bartz for providing the inoculum and R. K. Showaiter for his helpful comments about this study.

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