Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.Sc. Student, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zanjan, Zanjan - Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zanjan, Zanjan – Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zanjan, Zanjan - Iran


In order to study the effects of chitosan and hot water treatments on storability and fruit quality of sweet pepper "Paks", an experiment was conducted as a factorial design in the base of CRD with three replications.Fruits were treated withchitosan at four levels (0, 1, 1.5 and 2 percent) and hot water at 20 and 45ºC (dipping for 2 min time) and 60ºC (dipping for 2o sec time), then stored for 12, 24 and 35 days at 8°C and 98% RH in refrigerator. The results showed that the quality and vitamin Ccontent of fruits decreased during storage. Coating of pepper with chitosan significantly delayed loss of TSS, firmness, vitamin C, weight losses and fruit quality. Pepper coated with 2% chitosan had the highest effect on keeping fruit quality. Hot water had significant effect on fruit quality. Water with 45°C as hot water treatment improved firmness, titrable acidity, vitamin C, visual quality and activity of catalase and peroxidase enzymes. Heat damage was observed on fruit dipping at 60°C. According to the results, treatment of 2 percent chitosan with hot water 45°C had the best effect on the studied parameters.


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