Postharvest injury, strawberry volatiles, and Botrytis development

D. D. Archbold, T. R. Hamilton-Kemp, E. Fallik

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Prior work has indicated that the C6 products of the lipoxygenase hydroperoxide lyase enzymatic pathway can impact the development of the postharvest pathogen Botrytis cinerea, at high levels inhibiting it and at low levels promoting it. In the present work, compression bruising strawberry fruit altered their volatile profile for a period after the injury by increasing the production of these compounds and more common aroma compounds like ethyl butanoate. In vitro spore cultures of B. cinerea placed in close proximity to a bruise site on a ripe fruit, and to a gently shaken fruit, exhibited increased rates of germ tube elongation compared to spores placed in proximity to a non-wounded surface. Since appreciable accumulation of CO2 and ethylene from bruising was not evident, the wound volatile compounds may play a functional role promoting fungal growth after a wound event.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIV International Strawberry Symposium
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572


  • Fragaria × ananassa
  • Mold
  • Wounding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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