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Abstract—The aim of this research was to study the effect of plasma treatments and low
temperature on some physical and some physiology of fresh fig fruit (Ficus carica L.) cv. Black Jack
during postharvest cold storage. We investigated the effects of different time plasma treatments
including 2, 5, and 10 hours compared with the control (untreated) fruit during storage at 4°C. The
results are found that plasma treatments reduced the metabolism of fresh fig including weight loss,
respiration, and ethylene production during storage. The decreasing of firmness was reduced
by plasma treatment, especially 2 hours plasma treated. Moreover, plasma treatments remarkably
inhibited fungal incidents which prolong the storage life of fresh figs under storage at 4°C.
However, these treatments did not affect the color change in this fruit. These findings suggest that
plasma treatment combined with storage at low temperature has commercial potential and useful
to reduce postharvest decay, maintain the quality and prolong the storage life of fresh fig fruit cv.
Black Jack. More studies should be accomplished on this technique for other fig cultivars and nutritional properties after treatments.
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