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    This research evaluated the influence of different washing treatments (i.e., tap water, ozone, microbubbles, and ozone combined with microbubbles) on post-harvest decay of chestnuts (Castanea crenata ‘Tsukuba’) during storage. Overall, treatments with ozone and microbubbles significantly reduced the decay frequency and the associated microbial populations (aerobic bacteria, mold/filamentous fungi, and yeasts) during post-harvest storage compared with the traditional practice (tap water washing). Enhancing the efficacy of chestnut washing treatments will contribute to the improved storage of high-quality chestnuts.

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    Lee, Uk; Joo, Sukhyun; Klopfenstein, Ned B.; Kim, Mee-Sook. 2016. Efficacy of washing treatments in the reduction of postharvest decay of chestnuts (Castanea crenata 'Tsukuba') during storage. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 96: 1-5.


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    Castanea, disease, microbial population, post-harvest decay

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