Effect of moisture content and storage temperature on rate of respiration of alfalfa

S. D. Deshpande, S. Sokhansanj, J. Irudayaraj

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Abstract

Respiratory and colour characteristics of alfalfa chops at 14 and 20% moisture contents and 8 and 23°C storage temperatures under modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and non-MAP conditions in sealed polyethylene packages with and without specific gas mixture (1% O2, 5% CO2 and 94% N2) were studied. The study indicated that an increase in storage period caused a proportional decrease in percent oxygen in the packages, thereby reducing the respiration rate of alfalfa chops under the MAP environment. Further, the samples stored at 23°C and without the MAP environment had a fungal growth and the colour of the samples was not as green as those kept at a temperature of 8°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalBiosystems Engineering
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science

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