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Effect of Storage Conditions on Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) Quality and Shelf Life

Author(s): L.A. Babatola | D.O. Ojo | O.I. Lawal

Journal: Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1727-3048

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 490;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: quality | temperature | storage conditions | Tomato | shelf life

This study evaluates the effects of different storage conditions towards improving vegetable intake of Nigerian populace. The experiment was carried out between April through September, 2004 at the Agronomy Department, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria using four storage conditions: Deep freezer-DF (0°C; 95% RH), Ambient storage environment-ASE (32°C; 85% RH) (as control), Room refrigerator-RR (12°C; 85% RH), Storage Incubator-SI (8°C; 80% RH), four tomato varieties: NH84/TIL, NH84/TSLN, NH84/TBLN; NH84/TSN) were used. Data was analyzed statistically using the analyses of variance procedure for SAS means were separated using Duncan Multiple Range Test at 5% probability level. Results obtained indicated that cultivars NH84/TSN significantly performed better in terms quality attributes (cracking, yellowing and rottening) than other cultivars. The least quality attributes was obtained in variety NH84/TIL. Deep freezer storage condition ranked best (at 5% level of significance) in terms of quality preservation of tomato among all other treatment combinations. The results revealed that combination of tomato variety NH84/TSN with deep freezer condition gave best result in this study.
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