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Misael O. Vega-García, Greici López-Espinoza, Jeanett Chávez Ontiveros, José J. Caro-Corrales, Francisco Delgado Vargas, and José A. López-Valenzuela

on the peel surface (pitting), and decay ( Cheng and Shewfelt, 1988 ). These visible symptoms generally appear when tomatoes are transferred to non-chilling conditions after being stored at low temperature for longer than 1 week ( Lurie and Sabehat

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Rick D. Peters, Tharcisse Barasubiye, and Joanne Driscoll

Canada, 2007 ). Much of the crop is stored, sometimes for periods of up to 9 months. Rutabagas are commonly stored at temperatures near 0 °C to reduce postharvest decay, and at a relative humidity greater than 95% to reduce root shrinkage. Rutabagas are

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Ambani R. Mudau, Puffy Soundy, and Fhatuwani N. Mudau

panelists between 23 and 45 years of age (70% females and 30% males). The panelists evaluated the overall acceptance of the fresh product at each storage interval. In an assessment of postharvest decay condition, samples were individually scored in

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Richard C. Beeson Jr.

each lysimeter plant at each measurement date. WNI values of the nine lysimeter replicates for each date were plotted against their respective %CC. The plot was fitted to a three-parameter exponential decay curve as reported by Beeson (2004) using

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Richard C. Beeson Jr

plotted against their respective %Closure. The plot was fitted to a three-parameter exponential decay curve as reported by Beeson (2004) using SigmaPlot (Version 10; SPSS Science, Chicago, IL). Data from the viburnum were combined with similar previous

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Sai Xu, Huazhong Lu, and Xiuxiu Sun

). However, postharvest litchi is very fragile, which is mainly indicated by its susceptibility to mechanical injury ( Chen et al., 2014 ) and high decay rate ( Zhang and Quantick, 1997 ). The fragility of postharvest litchi has been given much attention by

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W.H. Tietjen, M. Maletta, W.P. Cowgill Jr., P. Nitzsche, and S.A. Johnston

Freshly harvested and graded tomatoes were held for 7 days at 21C in 1993 and 15.5C in 1994. After the holding period, the fruit were examined for decay development. In 1993, decay losses were not significantly different between cultural treatments, possibly due to a very warm and dry growing season. However, decay losses were significantly different during a wet 1994 growing season. Stake-grown fruit decay loss was 10.1% vs. 34.1% loss for ground culture. Losses due to anthracnose (Colletotrichum coccodes) was significantly higher on the ground culture fruit (8.7%) than on the stake culture fruit (0.5%). Sour/watery rot (Geotrichum candidum), Rhizopus soft rot (Rhizopus stolonifer), bacterial soft rot (Erwinia carotovora) and the black mold rot complex (Alternaria, Stemphylium, Pleospora) were the other predominant postharvest decays.

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Matthew D. Kleinhenz, R. Vaughan James, Walter R. Stevenson, and Jiwan P. Palta

Plots set up on a commercial seed farm were supplemented with 0 or 168 Ca/ha supplied from liquid calcium nitrate at 3 and 6 weeks after hilling (84 kg Ca/ha per application). Paired measurements of tuber medullary tissue Ca concentration and decay severity after inoculation with Erwinia carotovora pv. atroseptica (Eca.) were taken on identical tubers from these separate plots of `Atlantic', `Superior', `Red Norland', and `Russet Burbank'. Fresh-cut seed pieces sprayed with a suspension of Eca. (108 cfu/ml) were planted in separate 1-liter containers filled with field soil maintained under two soil moisture regimes: 1) air-dry days 1–5, saturation days 6–10, field moisture capacity (FMC) days 11–18, or 2) FMC days 1–18. Containers were placed at 22C constant air temperature at the Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison Biotron. Decay severity (percent volume seed piece decay) and decay incidence (percent tubers with any decay) were rated after 18 days. Eight seed pieces per treatment were evaluated. The mean tuber Ca concentration was higher in plots receiving calcium compared to nonsupplemented plots. Mean medullary Ca concentration varied among cultivars as `Russet Burbank' > `Atlantic' > `Superior' > `Red Norland'. The influence of cultivar on decay showed an incidence and severity pattern `Atlantic' = `Russet Burbank' > `Superior' = `Red Norland'. Decay incidence and severity were greatest in seed pieces kept in temporarily saturated soil compared with those in soil maintained at FMC. Decay incidence and severity were ≈6% lower in tubers produced on Ca-supplemented soil. A scatter plot of decay severity × Ca concentration for seed pieces held at FMC suggests that a threshold of Ca concentration exists above which little or no decay occurs.

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Babak Madani, Marisa Wall, Amin Mirshekari, Alagie Bah, and Mahmud Tengku Muda Mohamed

plant development ( Barker and Pilbeam, 2007 ) and exogenous applications can reduce fruit decay, and increase firmness and storage life ( Eryani- Raqeeb et al., 2009 ). Ca can be applied to the soil or sprayed directly on the fruit and leaves to

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Craig J. Frey, Xin Zhao, Jeffrey K. Brecht, Dustin M. Huff, and Zachary E. Black

. Marketable yield was determined by grading harvested fruit based on the following categories: marketable, decay, cracking, sunscald, BER, yellow shoulder disorder (YSD), stink bug damage, caterpillar (Lepidoptera) damage, and “other defects” (including small