Application methods of biostimulants affect the production and postharvest conservation of yellow melon

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https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v37n0a2021-53682

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Cucumis melo L., Plant growth regulators, Postharvest quality, Storage conditions

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Worldwide, Brazil holds the fifth position in melon fruits exportation, further expanding its products to provide for the growing demand. This expansion is the result of the development and application of new technologies, including the management of the use of biostimulants. However, for melon crops, the information in the literature on the use of biostimulants remains limited to the effects of different doses on fruit quality at the time of harvest. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the influence of different methods of pre-harvest application of two biostimulants on the production and postharvest conservation of fruits of yellow melon cv. Iracema. The treatments consisted of a combination of three factors: two plant biostimulants (Crop Set® and Spray Dunger®), two application methods of the products (fertigation and spraying), and five times of postharvest storage (0, 14, 21, 28 and 35 days). An additional control treatment corresponded to plants without biostimulant application. The fruits were evaluated for production and physicochemical attributes: average mass, yield, flesh firmness, titratable acidity, soluble solids content, SSC/TA ratio, pH, total soluble sugars, and weight loss. Fertigation is the recommended application method of biostimulants for yellow melon due to its effect on the increase of average mass, yield, flesh firmness, soluble solids content, and total soluble sugars of the fruits in relation to the spraying method.

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2021-12-29

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GÓES, G.B. de ., VILVERT, J.C., ARAÚJO, N.O. de ., MEDEIROS, J.F. de and AROUCHA, E.M.M., 2021. Application methods of biostimulants affect the production and postharvest conservation of yellow melon. Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 37, pp. e37075. [Accessed14 August 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v37n0a2021-53682. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/53682.

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