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Some effects of non-damaging temperature on the life and respiratory behaviour of bananas

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Peacock, B.C. and Blake, J.R. (1970) Some effects of non-damaging temperature on the life and respiratory behaviour of bananas. Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, 27 (1). pp. 147-168.



The preclimacteric respiration rate of bananas falls for approximately 48h after harvest, then increases linearly until onset of the climacteric. Rate of increase is a linear function of fruit immaturity and is dependent on holding temp. of fruit. In 1 experiment involving very immature fruit, respiration rates fell steadily for several weeks before beginning a steady rise. Respiration rates at onset of the climacteric show no relationship to immaturity but are a linear function of holding temp. Respiration rates at the climacteric peak are dependent on temp., probably in a logarithmic manner. Green-life of fruit bears an inverse linear relationship to holding temp. Departures from this relationship which occur at lower temp. are believed to indicate earlier initiation of senescence.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Keywords:RESPIRATION ; Respiration of bananas; BANANAS ; MATURATION ; Effect of /maturity/ on respiration of bananas; TEMPERATURE ; Effect of /temperature/ on respiration of bananas; CARBON DIOXIDE; Production of CO2 by bananas
Subjects:Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit > Bananas
Live Archive:05 Mar 2024 05:22
Last Modified:16 Apr 2024 23:58

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