1. Use of optical coherence tomography and light microscopy for characterisation of mechanical properties and cellular level responses of ‘Centurion’ blueberries during weight loss

    Use of optical coherence tomography and light microscopy for characterisation of mechanical properties and cellular level responses of ‘Centurion’ blueberries during weight loss

    Postharvest blueberry softening hinders consumer acceptance and correlates with high moisture loss during storage. Such textural variations have been attributed to factors such as turgor, cell wall modifications and other microstructural changes in the outer cell layers of the fruit. This paper investigates the impact of moisture loss on blueberry quality, as well as the structure and/or function relationships associated with fruit mechanical properties during postharvest using an integrated physical and novel microstructural approach. Four different weight loss conditions [62%, 76%, 93% and 98% relative humidity (RH)] at 5.7 °C were evaluated over a three-week postharvest storage period ...

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