International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering
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Nur Azlin Razali*, Zaipun Md Zain, Razali Mustaffa, Habsah Mohamad, See Lin Tham, Siti Aisyah Abdullah

Horticulture Research Centre, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Selangor, Malaysia

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The shelf life of mature-dropped durian especially the premium clone Musang King (D197) is very short when store at ambient temperature without any packaging compared to other varieties. Current commercial practice is to vacuum packing the fruit using plastic material of nylon with 0.1mm thickness, helps in avoiding dehiscence up to 7 days storage. However, due to vacuum environment, there is an alteration in taste of the flesh and the core of the fruit become browning. Shrink-wrapping has potential to be used as the plastic material comes in many types and thicknesses. A study was conducted in which durian were packed in two types of packaging, vacuum-packing using nylon bag 0.1mm and shrink-wrapping using LDPE bag 0.04mm. Unpacked fruit was set as control. The quality, gas in the package and incidence of dehiscence were observed during 21 days’ storage. By shrink-wrapping the whole fruit durian, it reduced the weight loss and retained the freshness as well as the taste and overall acceptability are still accepted. The storage life of shrink-wrapped durian can be extended up to 14 days at 5°C without any dehiscence occur and maintained the fruit quality.

Keywords: Modified atmosphere, Chilling injury, Dehiscence, Fruit quality, Postharvest, Vacuum-packing.

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Received: 2019-10-05
Revised: 2020-02-07
Accepted: 2020-09-15
Available Online: 2020-12-01

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Razali, N.A., Zain, Z.M., Mustaffa, R., Mohamad, H., Tham, S.L., Abdullah, S.A. 2020. Shrink-wrap packaging extend the storage life of mature-dropped durian. International Journal of Applied Science and Engineering, 17, 325–330.

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