Postharvest Enzymatic Activity of Some Arid Zone Fruits as Influenced by Chemical Treatments and Storage Period

  • Shrikant Hiwale


Arid zone fruits being highly perishable have to be marketed immediately after harvest. The postharvest losses range for 25–30 %. Chundawat et al. (Haryana J Hortic Sci 5:130–136, 1976) reported that most of the fruits could be stored for only up to 3–4 days at room temperature. Enzyme evolution of fruits on the tree is not triggered due to the presence of natural inhibitors. Various chemicals are known to play a significant role in suppression of enzyme activity (Desai and Deshpande; Physiol Plant 44:238–240, 1978). Considering its short shelf life, work in arid zone was initiated to study the effect of ripening retardants on enzyme activity in arid zone fruits.


Calcium Chloride Chemical Treatment Gibberellic Acid Plant Growth Regulator Storage Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shrikant Hiwale
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  1. 1.Fruit CropsCentral Horticultural Experiment StationVejalpurIndia

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