The Degreening of `Fallglo' Tangerine

in Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
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`Fallglo' (Bower citrus hybrid [Citrus reticulata Blanco × (C. reticulata Blanco × C. paradisi Macf.)] × `Temple' [C. reticulata Blanco × C. sinensis L.] is an early season tangerine that is reportedly hypersensitive to ethylene exposure during degreening. The effects of ethylene exposure time, waxing, and storage temperature on `Fallglo' color were examined to assess degreening strategies. Exposure to 5 μL·L-1 ethylene for 24 or 48 hours hastened degreening, and internal ethylene levels increased following the time periods of ethylene exposure. Fruit not exposed to ethylene, or exposed for shorter periods (2 or 6 hours), degreened slowly during storage at 15.5 °C and internal ethylene levels remained low. Low-temperature storage (4.5 °C) or waxing hindered degreening after ethylene exposure but decreased water loss. Degreening after ethylene exposure was faster for fruit stored at 15.5 than 26.5 °C.

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