Preliminary study on edible film with a natural plant extract to improve quality of fresh fruits for supply chains

M. Ihl, V. Bifani, C. Ramírez, M. Rubilar, Y. Motomura, I. Seguel, C. Meneses, R. Infante

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There is no report in Chile about quality in the supplier chains of fruits and vegetables often are visible deterioration in the retail market. This study pretends to enhance their quality, with rather simple techniques, like edible coatings/films acting as bioactive packaging, with extract of the native plant murta (Ugni molinae Turcz), ecotype Soloyo Chico (SC) of Pumalal, near Temuco, Chile. The leaves water extract, rich in polyphenols (HPLC-MS chromatogram shows that SC has more myricetin than another ecotype), was evaluated for antioxidant activity by measuring their ability to scavenge DPPH radicals and the protective action toward linoleic acid peroxidation in micelles of sodium dodecyl sulfate, and presents a significantly better antioxidant capacity than the other ecotype tested. The edible coatings were prepared of carboxymethylcellulose with glycerol and sunflower oil as plasticizers (CMC), and water (CMC-H2O) or extract (CMC-SC), spreading 20 ml of film forming solutions on a 18 x 9 cm area, dried at 25°C, films were peeled off (0.016-0.046 mm thickness), water vapor permeability measured with cup-method, gas permeability (O2 and CO2) measured by isostatic-method/gas-chrontatography. Comparing with the CMC-H2O, films with CMC-SC acts as barrier to O2 but not to H2O and CO2, modifying significantly (p<0.05) the permeability of the film. Treatments on apricots (Prunus armeniaca var. Patterson): fruits were coated with either CMC-SC or CMC-H2O, dried at 25°C and Control-fruits, without any treatment, were stored at 0°C, 95%RH. After 14 days, a better weight retention and color (measured with a tristimulus colorimeter) as lightness (L*), Chroma and Hue, although not significant, was observed with CMC-SC compared to CMC-H2O, being both CMC treatments significantly better (p<0.05) than the Control fruits, showing that these edible films can improve shelf-life of horticultural products, which could be applied in the supply chains.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaProceedings of the Fourth Int. Conference on Managing Quality in Chains
EditorialInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Número de páginas6
ISBN (versión impresa)9066055391, 9789066055391
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2006

Serie de la publicación

NombreActa Horticulturae
Volumen712 II
ISSN (versión impresa)0567-7572

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Horticultura


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