How do colored shade nets affect postharvest quality of fresh produce?
By Elazar Fallik, Sharon Alkalai-Tuvia, Daniel Chalupowicz and Tamar Azulay. May 2021. 15 pp.
Modification of spectral quality via colored shade nets can act as a physiological tool to modify the crop microenvironment and advance plant growth, yield and fresh produce quality after harvest and prolonged storage. This mini review presents data on the physiological responses in fruits and vegetables linked to light quality under different colored shade nets. The physiological parameters discussed in the review include: growth parameters, fruit ripening, physiological disorders, pest and disease incidence, and fruit and vegetable quality parameters. In addition, it is evident in the reviewed literature that light quality influences the biosynthesis, accumulation and retention of fruits and vegetables phytochemicals, as well as the decay development during storage. These new strategies to modulate light quality should be conveyed to fresh produce producing farmers, thus allowing them to preserve the freshness and post-harvest quality of fruits and vegetables for an extended duration of time, and to meet the consumers demand for fresh produce with high nutritional value all year round. The application of photoselective shade netting technology is gaining popularity around the world; in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. The shade nets can be placed directly over the plants (net-house) or in combination with plastic tunnels. They can also be movable or fixed. Research on light manipulation in horticultural systems is necessary for a sustainable and market-oriented open field and greenhouse vegetable production in the future.
Therefore, the aim of this mini review is to elucidate the latest information on light quality manipulation by photoselective colored shade-nets and on their influence on external, internal, biochemical and sensory parameters after harvest and prolonged storage and shelf life of fruits and vegetables. We also discuss the use of colored plastic or mulch materials in relation to plant growth and fruit quality.
- Introduction ….. 1
- Colored shade nets and fruits ….. 2
- Colored shade nets and vegetables ….. 3
- Colored plastic materials ….. 5
- Conclusions ….. 6
- Pictures ….. 7
Modification of spectral quality via colored shade nets can act as a physiological tool to modify the crop microenvironment and advance plant growth, yield and fresh produce quality after harvest and prolonged storage. May 2021. 15 pp.