Click on “Download PDF” for the PDF version or on the title for the HTML version.

If you are not an ASABE member or if your employer has not arranged for access to the full-text, Click here for options.

Modified Atmosphere (MA) Refrigerated Storage of Bananas

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  026194,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.9798) @2002
Authors:   Opal J. Williams, Kerith D. Golden, G.S. Vijaya Raghavan, Yvan Gariépy
Keywords:   Banana, extended shelf life, passive modified atmosphere, storage, membrane, diffusion channel, ethylene oxide, sulphur dioxide

The ability of modified (MA) atmosphere systems and chemical inhibitors to prevent ethylene - stimulated banana fruits ripening was investigated with Giant Cavendish bananas. Silicone membranes and diffusion channels, installed on the experimental chambers, were used to maintain stable gas concentrations and high humidity levels, which were optimum for banana storage at 15C. A silicone membrane window, or diffusion channels, were installed on laboratory scale chambers and used to provide atmospheres with modified CO2/O2 concentrations. Chemical inhibition of fruit ripening was assessed by applying treatments with ethylene oxide (EO) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Fruit stored at regular atmosphere (RA) was wrapped in perforated polyethylene bags while fruit stored in MA was sealed in experimental chambers. The gas concentration in chambers was analyzed using gas chromatography. Fruit quality was evaluated through sensory evaluations and physiological assessments.

(Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)