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Keywords:

  • modified atmosphere packaging;
  • strawberry;
  • perforation;
  • gas content;
  • quality

ABSTRACT

Perforated polypropylene packages were used to study the effects of perforation on gas concentration and strawberry quality. Strawberry packages with perforations, and treated by simulating transport and shelf-life conditions, developed an internal atmosphere with composition close to that recommended for this fruit. This controlled decay and reduced deterioration, thus extending strawberry postharvest life. Moreover, fruit ripeness degree and nutritional value were better preserved, although this modified atmosphere packaging seemed to reduce fruit color and lead to off-flavor development.