Film Wrapping to Alleviate Chilling Injury of Bell Peppers during Cold Storage

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W. R. MillerAgricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2120 Camden Road, Orlando, FL 32803

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L. A. RisseAgricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2120 Camden Road, Orlando, FL 32803

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Abstract

Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L.), individually wrapped in plastic film or nonwrapped, were held 7, 14, or 21 days at 1°, 4°, or 7°C plus an additional 5 days at 15° to evaluate the effect of film wrapping on chilling injury. Film wrapping did not reduce the incidence of visible chilling injury on either pericarp or seeds. Chilling injury was progressively more severe the lower the storage temperature.

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Received for publication 3 Sept. 1985. Mention of a trademark, warranty, proprietary product, or vendor does not constitute a guarantee by the USDA and does not imply approval to the exclusion of other products or vendors that may also be suitable. 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.

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