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Fruit Storage at Subatmospheric Pressures

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Science  15 Jul 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3733, pp. 314-315
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3733.314

Abstract

The storage life of bananas and other fruits is prolonged by ventilating them with air at less than atmospheric pressure. This procedure accelerates the escape of the ripening hormone ethylene from the tissue; by reducing the oxygen tension it also lowers the fruit's sensitivity to the hormone.

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