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Post-harvest agricultural research forced-air cooling of plums

FORCED-AIR COOLING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLUMS


De Kock, V.A., Khumalo, P. & Davids, J., Jooste, M. 2006, ‘Forced-air cooling’, SA Fruit Journal 5(3), 17.

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Plums exported from South Africa to overseas markets require effective cold storage management to ensure optimum maintenance of fruit quality. Plums should be placed under cooling within a few hours of harvest, and typically, the fruit is forced-air cooled to -0.5°C. The rate of forced-air cooling (FAC) prior to cold storage has been found to influence the development of internal disorders in some plum cultivars (Jooste and Khumalo, 2004).