Study on the efficiency of ethylene scavengers on the maintenance of postharvest quality of tomato fruit

  • Saeideh Mansourbahmani
  • Behzad GhareyazieEmail author
  • Vahid Zarinnia
  • Sepideh Kalatejari
  • Reza Salehi Mohammadi
Original Paper


The objectives of this study were to achieve the best level of each ethylene scavenger and evaluate the effect of selected levels of treatments on some quality traits of tomato during storage. Tomato fruits were subjected to four levels of treatments: palladium-promoted nano zeolite, KMnO4-promoted nano zeolite, 1-MCP, CaCl2, salicylic acid (SA) and UV-C. The sampling was done at 0, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 35th days of cold storage. The results showed that palladium-promoted nano zeolite 5%, KMnO4-promoted nano zeolite 20%, 1-MCP 30 ppm, CaCl2 2%, SA 1% and UV-C 15 min levels had the most ethylene scavenging function. Effectiveness of the treatments in ethylene scavenging was in the order: palladium > KMnO4 > 1-MCP > SA = CaCl2 > UV-C. The palladium-promoted nano zeolite 5% had more positive effects on phenol content, polygalacturonase activity, lycopene content, fruit firmness and weight loss, and UV-C 15 min had effect on decay severity as compared to the other treatments. Overall, palladium-promoted nano zeolite 5% could be considered not only as favorable tool in tomato shelf life extension but also in preservation of quality characteristics of tomato fruits during storage. Moreover, the UV-C 15 min treatment could be an effective method for reducing decay severity and maintaining postharvest quality of tomato fruits.


Ethylene scavenger Fruit quality Palladium Tomato 



The authors thank the Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, for funding this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saeideh Mansourbahmani
    • 1
  • Behzad Ghareyazie
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vahid Zarinnia
    • 1
  • Sepideh Kalatejari
    • 1
  • Reza Salehi Mohammadi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Horticultural Sciences, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Agriculture Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII)/Agricultural ResearchEducation and Extension Organization (AREEO)KarajIran
  3. 3.Department of Horticultural SciencesUniversity of TehranKarajIran

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