Hayward kiwifruits and Plant Growth Regulators: Detection and effects in post-harvest studied by Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Scanning Electron Microscopy

Anna Taglienti, Paolo Sequi, Caterina Cafiero, Sara Cozzolino, Mena Ritota, G. Ceredi, Massimiliano Valentini

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We used Magnetic Resonance Imaging spectroscopy to reveal the use of two Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs), i.e. cytokinin and auxin, on Hayward kiwifruits, at any stage of cultivation, and post-harvest ripening and storage. The internal morphology was non-destructively determined in order to depict structural features related to hormones treatments and we found that T 2-weighted MRI images showed different internal tissue organisations depending upon the use and the type of PGR. Transverse relaxation times allowed the recognition of cytokinin-treated samples, whilst image analysis was used to identify auxin-treated kiwifruits. We also exploited the post-harvest conditions, i.e. normal refrigeration and controlled atmosphere, on PGRs treated kiwifruits, and found that auxin shortened the shelf-life, with normal refrigeration exerting a stronger effect. The kiwifruit pulp was also investigated by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy, highlighting significant differences at a cellular level amongst treatments, in terms of pore size and vacuoles number, both probably playing a fundamental role in the evaporation activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-736
Number of pages6
JournalFood Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2011



  • Kiwifruits
  • MRI
  • Non-destructive analysis
  • Post-harvest quality
  • SEM
  • Synthetic hormones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Food Science

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