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American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 203–205 | Cite as

Using the Tabor Atomizer System to maintain weight and firmness in stored potato tubers

  • Uzi Afek
  • Janeta Orenstein
  • Ephraim Nuriel
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Abstract

A new fogger — the Tabor Atomizer System — features unique atomizers, based on compressed air and water. The droplets produced have a very small mass (less than 10m,) and behave like a dry cloud, producing 96%–98% relative humidity (RH) without depositing free water on the tubers. After 6 months of storage at 10 C, with 96%–98% RH applied with the Tabor Atomizer System (room A), 92%–94% applied with a spin-disk humidifier (room B), and 82%–86% with no added humidity (room C), the weight losses for stored potatoes were 2%, 7%, and 12%, respectively. The firmness of the tubers expressed as newtons (N) required to penetrate the tubers before storage and after 6 months in room A, B, or C was 76, 74, 68, or 63 N, respectively.

Additional Key Words

Solanum tuberosum L. weight loss storage quality humidity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uzi Afek
    • 1
  • Janeta Orenstein
    • 1
  • Ephraim Nuriel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, Gilat Experiment StationARO, the Volcani CenterMobile Post NegevIsrael

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