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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2017, Article ID 5951041, 12 pages
Research Article

Influence of 1-Methylcyclopropene Treatment on Postharvest Quality of Four Scab (Venturia inaequalis)-Resistant Apple Cultivars

1Department of Agronomy, Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES), 29932-540 Alegre, ES, Brazil
2Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
3Department of Crop Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Mosbah M. Kushad; ude.sionilli@dahsuk

Received 24 May 2017; Revised 22 August 2017; Accepted 17 September 2017; Published 18 October 2017

Academic Editor: Ram Asrey

Copyright © 2017 Moises Zucoloto et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Scab (Venturia inaequalis) is a very serious disease for apples causing up to 80% of loss in yield but there are only a few studies on postharvest quality of scab-resistant cultivars. In this study we evaluated the effect of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) on fruit quality, total phenolic content, and antioxidant capacity after storage of four scab-resistant cultivars and compared to a standard cultivar, “Golden Delicious.” In general, ethylene production and respiration rates significantly differed among cultivars, between control and 1-MCP-treated fruits, and between storage duration regimes. 1-MCP treatment retarded fruit softening and lowered juice pH but storage effect on soluble solids and acidity depended on cultivar and 1-MCP treatment. Total phenolic content was significantly affected by storage duration and 1-MCP treatment. Antioxidant capacity of the four scab-resistant cultivars was either similar to or significantly higher than that of “Golden Delicious” with the 1-MCP-treated fruits having significantly higher antioxidant capacity than the nontreated fruits after storage. Our results clearly show that the quality of four scab-resistant cultivars was comparable to that of “Golden Delicious” and 1-MCP effect differed among cultivars. These differences need to be considered in developing storage regime to minimize quality deterioration during long-term storage.