Effect of direct sunlight on the postharvest behavior of five avocado (Persea americana Mill.) cultivars (Ettinger, Fuerte, Hass, Horshim and Pinkerton) was examined. Probes placed 6 to 7 mm under the peel showed that the temperature an the side exposed to the sun could be as much as 15 to 20 °C higher than the temperature of shade fruit, while the nonexposed side of the fruit was ≈5 °C higher than the shade fruit. With the exception of `Ettinger', sun fruit, and especially the exposed side, were found to be most tolerant to postharvest 50 and 55 °C hot water treatments. Similarly, storage of fruit at 0 °C for between 3 to 6 weeks caused severe chilling injury to shade fruit, with less effect on sun fruit. Furthermore, there was little or no damage on the exposed side of the sun fruit. During postharvest ripening at 20 °C, sun fruit showed a delay of between 2 to 5 days in their ethylene peak compared with shade fruit. The exposed side of the sun fruit was generally firmer than the nonexposed side, and the average firmness was higher than that of shade fruit. Activities of polygalacturonase and cellulase were similar in shade and sun fruit of similar firmness. After inoculation with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penz.) Penz@sacc., the appearance of lesions on sun fruit occurred 2 to 3 days after shade fruit. Levels of heat-shock proteins were examined using western blotting with antibodies for Class I and II cytoplasmic heat-shock proteins. Class I reacted with proteins from the exposed side of sun fruit and Class II with proteins from both sides of sun fruit. Thus, it is clear that preharvest exposure of fruit to the sun can result in a wide range of postharvest responses.
Allan B. Woolf, Asya Wexler, Dov Prusky, Elana Kobiler, and Susan Lurie
Allan B. Woolf, Christopher B. Watkins, Judith H. Bowen, Michael Lay-Yee, John H. Maindonald, and Ian B. Ferguson
`Hass' avocados (Persea americana Mill.) were heated in air at 25 to 46C for 0.5 to 24 hours and stored at 0, 2, or 6C. After storage, fruit were ripened at 20C and their quality was evaluated. In unheated fruit, external chilling injury occurred in fruit stored at 0 or 2C, hut not 6C. Chilling injury was also evident after storage at 2C in fruit heated at 34C, and to a lesser extent in fruit heated at 36C. A heat treatment (HT) of 38C for 3, 6, or 10 hours and 40C for 0.5 hour further reduced external chilling injury induced by storage at 2C. These HTs did not reduce internal fruit quality and resulted in more marketable fruit than unheated fruit stored at 6C. Low-temperature storage and HT slowed avocado ripening, resulting in longer shelf life after storage. In flesh tissue sampled directly after selected HTs, the levels of mRNA homologous to cDNA probes for two plant heat-shock protein (HSP) genes (HSP17 and HSP70) increased to a maximum at 40C and declined at higher temperatures. These increases in gene expression coincided with the extent to which HTs prevented chilling injury. Hot-air HTs confer significant protection against low-temperature damage to avocados.
Willis Omondi Owino, Ryohei Nakano, Yasutaka Kubo, and Akitsugu Inaba
We investigated the differential regulation of two 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase (ACS) genes, one 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate oxidase (ACO) gene and one ethylene response sensor (ERS1) ortholog during ripening and in response to wounding in avocados (Persea americana Mill. `Bacon'). The 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) content, ACS activity and detectable expression of PA-ACS1 mRNA increased and reached a maximum prior to the climacteric peak, whereas ACO activity and the PA-ACO mRNA levels increased markedly only at the upsurge of ripening ethylene. A basal level of PA-ERS1 transcript was detected as from harvest, however, PA-ERS1 transcript was hyper-induced at the climacteric peak of ethylene production. 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) application at thepreclimacteric and the onset of climacteric stages inhibited the ACS and ACO activities, the transcription of PA-ACS1 and suppressed PA-ACO and PA-ERS1 mRNAs to trace levels. Discontinuation of 1-MCP treatment led to super-induction of PA-ACS1, PA-ACO, and PA-ERS1 transcripts. Wound induced ethylene biosynthesis and wound-induced PA-ACS2 mRNA accumulation were enhanced by 1-MCP, whereas wound-induced PA-ACO mRNA accumulation was unaffected by 1-MCP. These results indicate positive feedback regulation of the PA-ACS1 gene and negative feedback regulation of the PA-ACS2 gene by ethylene, while PA-ACO exhibits positive feedback regulation by ethylene and is also induced by wounding. The hyper-induction of PA-ERS1 mRNA at relatively high concentrations of ethylene may be a mechanism of avocados to regulate the ethylene responsiveness of the tissues by dissipation of the gas.
Gregory A. Lang and Robert G. Danka
To study self- and cross-pollination effects on fruit development in southern highbush (mainly Vaccinium corymbosum L.) blueberries, `Sharpblue' plants were caged with honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) and other `Sharpblue' or `Gulfcoast' plants at anthesis. Ratios of pollinizer: fruiting flowers ranged from 2.1 to 4.5. Cross-pollination increased fruit size by ≈14% and seed count by 27% but did not influence fruit set. Overall, seed count decreased by 58% during the 30 days of harvest, but this did not directly affect fruit size. Seed count appeared to influence earliness of ripening as much as it influenced fruit size. Cross-pollination increased the harvest percentage of early-ripening fruits by ≈140% and of premium market fruits (those ≥ 0.75 g) by 13% and decreased the percentage of small fruits by 66%. Consequently, a 43% increase in premium early market crop value (nearly $5000/ha) resulted from optimizing `Sharpblue' cross-pollination.
Thanidchaya Puthmee, Kenji Takahashi, Midori Sugawara, Rieko Kawamata, Yoshie Motomura, Takashi Nishizawa, Toshiyuki Aikawa, and Wilawan Kumpoun
referred to as a “net” ( Keren-Keiserman et al., 2004a ; Lester, 1988 ; Webster and Craig, 1976 ). This desiccated network pattern is usually complete by fruit ripening, and both the depth and width of the vertically developed elements of the net become
Oscar Andrés Del Angel-Coronel, Juan Guillermo Cruz-Castillo, Javier De La Cruz-Medina, and Franco Famiani
as means ± se . Results and Discussion Characterization of fruit ripening at harvest and during the postharvest period. At harvest, the mean fruit weight according to all of the harvested fruit was 180 ± 7.2 g. The mean fruit
Misael O. Vega-García, Greici López-Espinoza, Jeanett Chávez Ontiveros, José J. Caro-Corrales, Francisco Delgado Vargas, and José A. López-Valenzuela
showed higher expression of these two proteins compared with those stored at CRT ( Fig. 2B ). After 5 d at CRT, the expression pattern of TPI and TPxI during fruit ripening (21 °C) was similar to that reported by Rocco et al. (2006) . Remarkably, TPxI
Rongcai Yuan and David H. Carbaugh
cherries ( Bukovac et al., 1969 ), whereas AVG, an inhibitor of ethylene biosynthesis, reduced fruit ethylene production and preharvest fruit drop and delayed fruit ripening in apples ( Autio and Bramlage, 1982 ; Bangerth, 1978 ; Byers et al., 2005
Karim M. Farag, Jiwan P. Palta, and Elden J. Stang
The application of ethanol for enhancing effectiveness of ethephon under field conditions on cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) fruit was tested during three seasons (1986 to 1988). The formulation containing ethephon plus the surfactant Tergitol (0.3% or 0.5%, v/v) and ethanol (2.5%, 5%, or 10%) consistently increased anthocyanin content in the fruit by 28% to 54% over the control. In general, fruit size was not affected by the ethephon treatment containing ethanol and Tergitol. The application of ethephon plus surfactant did not increase the anthocyanin content in the fruit. The presence of ethanol in the ethephon and surfactant mixture, however, consistently enhanced the fruit anthocyanin content by 21% to 40% as compared to ethephon plus surfactant. No adverse effect of various treatments on vine growth or appearance was noticed over the three seasons. Chemical name used: (2-chloroethyl) phosphonic acid (ethephon).
John R. Clark
blackberries). Based on its success as a parent, Ark. 593 was determined to be a tetraploid selection. Ark. 593 did not express the primocane-fruiting trait but was used in subsequent crossing mainly as a result of its early floricane fruit ripening. In the