Active packaging from chitosan-titanium dioxide nanocomposite film for prolonging storage life of tomato fruit

Patinya Kaewklin, Ubonrat Siripatrawan, Anawat Suwanagul, Youn Suk Lee

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The feasibility of active packaging from chitosan (CS) and chitosan containing nanosized titanium dioxide (CT) to maintain quality and extend storage life of climacteric fruit was investigated. The CT nanocomposite film and CS film were fabricated using a solution casting method and used as active packaging to delay ripening process of cherry tomatoes. Changes in firmness, weight loss, a*/b* color, lycopene content, total soluble solid, ascorbic acid, and concentration of ethylene and carbon dioxide of the tomatoes packaged in CT film, CS film, and control (without CT or CS films) were monitored during storage at 20 °C. Classification of fruit quality as a function of different packaging treatments was visualized using linear discriminant analysis. Tomatoes packaged in the CT film evolved lower quality changes than those in the CS film and control. The results suggested that the CT film exhibited ethylene photodegradation activity when exposed to UV light and consequently delayed the ripening process and changes in the quality of the tomatoes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-529
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was financially supported by the 90th Anniversary of Chulalongkorn University Fund ( Ratchadapiseksomphot Endowment Fund , grant no. GCUGR11255725088M ) and the Oversea Research Experience Scholarship provided by the Graduate School and Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. Parts of this research were managed by the Novel Technology for Food Packaging & Control of Shelf Life Research Group, the Special Taskforce for Activating Research (STAR), Chulalongkorn University (grant no. STF 6001523006-1 ).

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry


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