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Active packaging from chitosan-titanium dioxide nanocomposite film for prolonging storage life of tomato fruit

Kaewklin, Patinya, Siripatrawan, Ubonrat, Suwanagul, Anawat, Lee, Youn Suk
International journal of biological macromolecules 2018 v.112 pp. 523-529
active food packaging, ascorbic acid, carbon dioxide, cherry tomatoes, chitosan, color, discriminant analysis, ethylene, firmness, lycopene, nanocomposites, photolysis, ripening, shelf life, storage temperature, titanium dioxide, total soluble solids, ultraviolet radiation, weight loss
The feasibility of active packaging from chitosan (CS) and chitosan containing nanosized titanium dioxide (CT) to maintain quality and extend storage life of climacteric fruit was investigated. The CT nanocomposite film and CS film were fabricated using a solution casting method and used as active packaging to delay ripening process of cherry tomatoes. Changes in firmness, weight loss, a*/b* color, lycopene content, total soluble solid, ascorbic acid, and concentration of ethylene and carbon dioxide of the tomatoes packaged in CT film, CS film, and control (without CT or CS films) were monitored during storage at 20°C. Classification of fruit quality as a function of different packaging treatments was visualized using linear discriminant analysis. Tomatoes packaged in the CT film evolved lower quality changes than those in the CS film and control. The results suggested that the CT film exhibited ethylene photodegradation activity when exposed to UV light and consequently delayed the ripening process and changes in the quality of the tomatoes.