Testing efficiencies of postharvest decay controls

J. A. Narciso


There are ever increasing numbers of antimicrobial compounds available as treatments to extend shelf-life of minimally processed fruits and to control postharvest decay on fresh market fruit. Most microorganisms are controlled by specific compounds or groups of compounds; to ascertain which compounds would be useful on a specific organism requires screening many different antimicrobials. A small, moist chamber system was developed that allows for rapid evaluation of many compounds and their efficiencies to control a specific organism or group of organisms.


moist chamber; experimental method; evaluation of antimicrobials

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283