Review on postharvest technology of banana fruit

  • M Hailu
  • TS Workneh
  • D Belew

Abstract

The aim of this review is in threefold: First, to explore the effect of different preharvest treatments on postharvest quality of fruits and vegetables. Second, the principles of biological, chemical and biochemical changes in banana during development, maturation, ripening and storage were reviewed. Third, postharvest handling and factors affecting quality of banana were examined. These include disinfecting, packaging and storage temperature. Pre- and postharvest treatments were found to have an effect on postharvest quality of banana, suggesting that postharvest quality of produce subjected to preharvest treatments should be assessed from a quality improvement, maintenance and consumer safety point of view. Literature recommends an integrated agro-technology approach towards improving quality at harvest and maintenance of qualities of banana.

Keywords: Banana, fruit, postharvest handling, packaging, storage

African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 12(7), pp. 635-647

Author Biographies

M Hailu
Harmaya University, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, P. O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
TS Workneh
School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Private Bag X0l, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3209, South Africa
D Belew
Harmaya University, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, P. O. Box 138, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Published
2015-12-03
Section
Articles

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