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Physico-chemical changes during growth and development of ‘Galia’ cantaloupes. I. Physical changes

Physico-chemical changes during growth and development of ‘Galia’ cantaloupes. I. Physical changes

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Title: Physico-chemical changes during growth and development of ‘Galia’ cantaloupes. I. Physical changes
Author: Mustafa El Balla
Abstract: Physical changes during growth and development of fruits of three ‘Galia’ melon cultivars were evaluated. Fruit growth of the three cultivars followed typical simple sigmoid curves. Fresh fruit weight and flesh and rind thickness progressively increased in the three cultivars with advancement in growth up to physiological maturity stage (44 days after anthesis) and then remained constant. The respiration curves of the three cultivars exhibited a typical climacteric pattern, with peak of respiration coinciding with physiological maturity (44 DAA) and then decreased. Rind color progressively increased during growth and development of the three cultivars. Fruit flesh firmness slightly decreased up to the mature-green stage and then sharply declined during the ripening phase (44-48 DAA). ‘Galia’ cantaloupes should be harvested at least at physiological maturity, where the fruit attains maximum size and weight, rind color develops and it is still firm.
Description: This paper had been presented for promtion at the university of khartoum to get the full text please contact the other melballa@uofk.edu, melballa@yahoo.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6573
Date: 2011


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