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Pimjai Seehanam, Danai Boonyakiat and Nithiya Rattanapanone

Tangerine fruit cv. Sai Nam Phueng was coated with six commercial coatings: Citrashine, Fomesa, Citrosol AK, Supershine-C, Zivdar, and Perfect Shine. Fruit were coated using gloved hands and stored at room temperature (23 ± 3 °C) and 56% ± 5% relative humidity. Physiological and chemical properties were recorded on Days 0, 1, 4, 7, 10, and 13. All coated fruit had lower respiration rates, reduced weight loss, higher gloss, and better appearance than control fruit. Coatings somewhat increased total soluble solids levels, but had no major effects on pH, titratable acidity, or vitamin C contents. Among the various wax formulations, tangerines coated with Zivdar, and to a lesser extent Perfect Shine, had the highest internal O2 and lowest internal CO2 levels, resulting in the lowest juice ethanol levels. Application of other coatings, especially Citrosol AK and Supershine-C, resulted in enhanced accumulation of off-flavors and decreased sensory acceptability.

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Nithiya Rattanapanone, Chansuda Chongsawat and Soungsuda Chaiteep

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Nithiya Rattanapanone, Yuen Lee, Tianxia Wu and Alley E. Watada

The marketable period of fresh-cut `Tommy Atkins' and `Kent' mango cubes was 3 to 5 days at 10 °C and 5 to 8 days at 5 °C. The marketable period was extended by 1 to 2 days when cubes were held in a 4 kPa O2 + 10 kPa CO2 or 2 kPa O2 + 10 kPa CO2 (balance N2) atmospheres, depending on cultivar and temperature. Variations in texture (shear force), pH, and soluble solids were greater among cubes from different mango lots than among cubes held at different temperatures or atmospheres. Yeast count increased more with time than did the total mesophilic aerobic count, and the increase was less under controlled atmosphere (CA) than in air at 10 °C. The CA was beneficial in maintaining quality of the cubes; however, low temperature was more effective than CA.