Effect of Chitosan Biopolymer on Microbial Decay in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Variety ‘Dev’ under Ambient Temperature

Mahendra Meena *

Department of Horticulture, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan, India.

Kinjal Mondal

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Vinod Saharan

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

K. K. Meena

Department of Horticulture, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan, India.

N. K. Gupta

Department of Plant Physiology, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan, India.

O. P. Garhwal

Department of Horticulture, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan, India.

L. N. Bairwa

Department of Horticulture, SKN College of Agriculture, SKNAU, Jobner, Rajasthan, India.

Shalini Pilania

Department of Horticulture, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

. Mital

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Deepak Meena

Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The current study sought to investigate the influence of chitosan biopolymer against microbial decay in tomato. In the present study, bulk-chitosan at different concentrations (0.01, 0.04, 0.08, 0.12, 0.16, 0.20% w/v) along with control were evaluated on tomato variety ՙDev՚  by dipping fruits for 6 min and stored at ambient temperature (27ºC±2). Bulk-chitosan at 0.16% was found most effective to prevent microbial decay and maintain sensory evaluation from day 1 to days 21 as compared to control. Based on the aforementioned results and comparative evaluation of different doses of bulk-chitosan, we concluded that chitosan is very effective at less concentration and thus exert minimum chemical load on the treated tomatoes. Therefore, it may claim that chitosan biopolymer have potential to protects tomato against microbial decay.

Keywords: Chitosan, biopolymer, microbial decay, tomato


How to Cite

Meena, M., Mondal , K., Saharan, V., Meena, K. K., Gupta, N. K., Garhwal, O. P., Bairwa, L. N., Pilania, S., Mital , ., & Meena, D. (2023). Effect of Chitosan Biopolymer on Microbial Decay in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) Variety ‘Dev’ under Ambient Temperature. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 13(4), 8–12. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2023/v13i41706

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