PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Prof. Dharini Sivakumar
LEAD INSTITUTION: Tshwane University of Technology
BENEFICIARY: Subtropical Industry
The industry will be knowledgeable about the effect of different photo-selective coloured shading nets on:
- Incidence of sun damage, dry matter and oil content of the fruit, improved pack-out rate in cv. Hass
- Postharvest fruit quality parameters such as fruit firmness, incidence of anthracnose, stem-end rot, number of days to ripen after harvest and after cold storage, ethylene emission, incidence, physiological disorders (vascular browning, grey pulp) and eating quality
- Postharvest fruit quality parameters (as mentioned above) in fruits that are subjected to ready-to-eat ripening programme (Westfalia fruits)
- Fatty acid and fruit mineral composition, nutritional compounds, cell wall softening enzymes and antifungal compounds after postharvest storage –cv. Hass.