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Post-harvest fungal occurrence on commercial strawberry cultivars grown in Australia: impact of phytochemical composition

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Damyeh, M. S., Fernando, C. W., Phan, A. D. T., Hong, H. T., Mereddy, R., Netzel, M. E., Chaliha, M. and Sultanbawa, Y. (2021) Post-harvest fungal occurrence on commercial strawberry cultivars grown in Australia: impact of phytochemical composition. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization . ISSN 2193-4134

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11694-021-00924-8


The aim of this study was to isolate and identify the spoilage fungi from four Australian grown commercial strawberry cultivars, namely Fortuna, Festival, Ruby Gem, and Red Rhapsody, and to investigate their correlation with the studied physicochemical properties in all four cultivars. To further understand the differences in postharvest resistance behavior of strawberries, the correlation between chemical composition, in particular pelargonidin-3-glucoside (the major anthocyanin in strawberry), and fungal decay was studied. Results showed significant differences in (poly)phenolic content between the four investigated cultivars, in particular total phenolics and pelargonidin-3-glucoside. Moreover, the studied strawberries significantly varied (p < 0.05) in other evaluated parameters such as pH, sugars, and ascorbic acid. The Red Rhapsody cultivar with higher contents of total phenolics and pelargonidin-3-glucoside exhibited higher resistance to fungal growth, which was further confirmed by the results of principal component analysis. Findings from this study could benefit the food industry through lessening postharvest spoilage by breeding strawberries with higher polyphenolic content.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Keywords:Fungal isolation Pelargonidin-3-glucoside Polyphenolic compounds Spoilage resistance Strawberry
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural chemistry. Agricultural chemicals
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Berries and small fruits
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Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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