A preliminary assessment of tomato fruit susceptibility to in-transit damage in Fiji

Kumar, S. and Underhill, S. J. R. (2016). A preliminary assessment of tomato fruit susceptibility to in-transit damage in Fiji. In: Proceedings of the International Symposia on Postharvest Knowledge for the Future and Consumer and Sensory Driven Improvements to Fruits and Nuts. International Symposia on Postharvest Knowledge for the Future and Consumer and Sensory Driven Improvements to Fruits and Nuts, Brisbane Australia, (423-428). 17- 22 August 2014. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1120.65


Author Kumar, S.
Underhill, S. J. R.
Title of paper A preliminary assessment of tomato fruit susceptibility to in-transit damage in Fiji
Conference name International Symposia on Postharvest Knowledge for the Future and Consumer and Sensory Driven Improvements to Fruits and Nuts
Conference location Brisbane Australia
Conference dates 17- 22 August 2014
Convener John Golding
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Symposia on Postharvest Knowledge for the Future and Consumer and Sensory Driven Improvements to Fruits and Nuts   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Budapest Hungary
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1120.65
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9789462611184
ISSN 0567-7572
Volume 1120
Start page 423
End page 428
Total pages 6
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Poor produce quality and inconsistent supply currently impede smallholder vegetable growers in Fiji from accessing high-value domestic markets. One proposed option to overcome these constraints is to adopt a more centralised approach to product grading and storage, based around a network of regional ripening and packaging facilities. In terms of tomato growers, this would necessitate reconfiguring existing postharvest supply chains, removing the need for on-farm ripening, and transport of harvest-green mature fruit. This preliminary study was undertaken to determine whether the alternative transport of mature hard-green fruit would affect the incidence of bruising and impact damage. Fruits of four ripening stages were commercially transported to Suva municipal market, and then stored for seven days at 20-28°C (ambient market storage conditions). Fruit deformation due to compression in the carton was significantly less in mature-hard green fruits. We found that mature hard-green stage was least susceptible to bruising (8%) compared with turning stage tomatoes (12%), commercially traded fruit (16%) and light-red (21%). For mature green tomatoes most damage (36%) was in the middle inner level of the carton. Light red and turning tomatoes placed in the bottom inside layer displayed highest level of damage, 62 and 46% respectively. Based on this preliminary trial, transporting hardgreen tomatoes is likely to reduce the risk of in-transit postharvest damage, compared to the current smallholder practices of transporting fully-ripe fruit.
Keyword Horticulture
Pacific
Postharvest wastage
Smallholder
Supply chain
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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