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An Innovative Ethylene Scrubber Made of Potassium Permanganate Loaded on a Protonated Montmorillonite: a Case Study on Blueberries

  • Marianela Hazel álvarez-Hernández /
  • Ginés Benito Martínez-Hernández /
  • Felipe Avalos-Belmontes /
  • Ana Margarita Rodríguez-Hernández /
  • Marco A. Castillo-Campohermoso /
  • Francisco Artés-Hernández
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Food and Bioprocess Technology
  • Fecha: 01 January 2019
  • ISSN: 19355149 19355130
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1007/s11947-018-2224-0
  • Document Type: Article in Press
  • Publisher: Springer New York LLC
© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. The effects of a KMnO4-based innovative C2H4 scrubber (using a protonated montmorillonite (PMMT)), compared with a commercial Bi-On® R12 scrubber, were evaluated on the main quality attributes of ¿Duke¿ blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) fruit during storage at 2 and 10 °C up to 46 days. Samples were stored under modified atmosphere packaging (with or without scrubbers) or air conditions (vented clams). Despite using a PMMT sachet containing 6-fold lower scrubber quantity compared with the commercial one (based on the C2H4 uptake capacity of both materials), the in-package C2H4 concentrations of samples were low (< 10.1 nmol L¿1), regardless of the used scrubber. A mild CO2 adsorption was observed in the commercial scrubber due to the intrinsic properties of its mineral support material (zeolite). The storage temperature played a key role in the preservation of the blueberry quality (mainly determined by the fungal incidence) during storage. In that sense, decay incidence, weight loss, firmness loss, titratable acidity, and maturity index changes of blueberries were better controlled by the modified atmosphere packaging at 2 °C compared with 10 °C. The developed innovative C2H4 scrubber, in conjunction with modified atmosphere packaging, may be then considered as a helpful tool for blueberry shelf-life extension¿additional 25 days at 2 °C and 14 days at 10 °C¿by reducing fungi-caused decay incidence, while preserving the rest of fruit quality parameters, with a high cost-effectiveness.

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