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Post-harvest agricultural research irradiation of plums

EFFECT OF GAMMA IRRADIATION AS A MITIGATION TREATMENT ON STORAGE QUALITY OF PLUMS


Viljoen, H., 2011, ‘Effect of gamma irradiation as a mitigation treatment on storage quality of plums’, SA Fruit Journal, 10(4), 73-75.

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Export of fruit from South Africa to certain countries, such as the USA, requires a mandatory coldsterilisation period of 22 days at -0.55°C or below, to disinfest fruit from phytosanitary pests, such as Mediterranean fruit fly. Since certain plum cultivars require a dual-temperature regime to maintain postharvest quality during cold storage, it is not possible to export such cultivars to markets with strict phytosanitary regulations.