Physiological Factors Associated with Yellow Shoulder Expression in Tomato Fruit

in Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
David H. PichaDepartment of Horticulture, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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Yellow shoulder (YS) expression was associated with differences in composition, respiration rate, and ethylene evolution between the yellow and normal red tissue in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) fruit. The YS tissue was higher in pH, dry matter, alcohol-insoluble solids (AIS), calcium content, respiration rate, and ethylene evolution than the red blossom-end tissue. The YS tissue had less phosphorus, potassium, citric acid, and a lower titratable acidity than the red tissue. Expression of YS was not associated with imbalances in fructose, glucose, malic acid, nitrogen, or magnesium concentration. Substantial YS development occurred in fruit of nonuniform ripening gene cultivars allowed to vine-ripen. Yellow shoulder was alleviated by harvesting fruit in the mature-green stage and room-ripening.

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Received for publication 9 May 1986. 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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