Postharvest of ‘Tommy Atkins’ Mango Submitted to Coating of Chlorella sp.

  •  Agda M. F. de Oliveira    
  •  Railene H. C. Rocha    
  •  Welligthon A. Guedes    
  •  George A. Dias    
  •  José F. de Lima    
  •  Luana M. Oliveira    
  •  Kaliny de A. Alves    
  •  Albert E. M. de M. Teodosio    
  •  Fabricio A. de Morais    


The use of natural products as coatings to preserve the fruit quality during storage is an important step to maintain food safety for consumer health. The use of microalgae in coatings, therefore, may be promising in the preservation of mango. The present work had the objective to evaluate the effect of coatings based on Chlorella sp. on the postharvest preservation of ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango during storage at room temperature (23 °C). We carried out a completely randomized design experiment consisting of 0%, 1%, 2%, 3% and 4% of Chlorella sp., using 10 fruits per treatment (n = 10). Analyzing the L*, a* and, b* indices, in the peel and the pulp of the mango fruit, we observed a delay in the ripening with the increase of the biofilm concentration. The firmness of the pulp and maintenance of the organic acids of the fruits were higher in the treatments with a large amount of Chlorella sp. The use of biofilm with Chlorella sp. at 2% preserved the quality of ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango until ten days of storage, at 23 °C and 42% RH.

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