Responses of ‘Carabao’ Mango to Various Ripening Agents

Angelyn T. Lacap1, Emma Ruth V. Bayogan1*, Leizel B. Secretaria1,
Christine Diana S. Lubaton1, and Daryl C. Joyce2,3

1College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Philippines Mindanao,
Mintal, Tugbok District, Davao City 8022 Philippines
2School of Agriculture and Food Sciences,
The University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD 4343 Australia
3Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,
Ecosciences Precinct, Dutton Park, QLD 4102 Australia

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Calcium carbide (CaC2) reacts with moisture in the air to produce acetylene (C2H2) gas, an analog of ethylene (C2H4). Commercial sources of CaC2 may be contaminated with arsenic and phosphorous, which are also released during a chemical reaction. This constitutes a potentially serious health risk to ripeners and may contaminate the product. Although banned in many countries, CaC2 is still used in the Philippines because equally inexpensive and effective alternatives are lacking. This study investigated the relative efficacy of alternatives for ripening ‘Carabao’ mango. Fruit harvested at 107 d after flower induction were treated with CaC2 (2.5, 5.0, or 7.5 g kg–1); ethephon (500, 1000, or 1500 μL L–1); Gliricidia sepium leaves (20% w/w); or ‘Cardava’ banana fruit (10% w/w) for 72 h. Mangoes were then held under ambient room conditions [29.9 ± 3.1°C, 77.74 ± 2.9% relative humidity (RH)] for 7 d. Assessments of peel color, firmness, and total soluble solids showed that fruit treated with higher concentrations of ethephon (1000 or 1500 μL L–1) exhibited similar ripening responses as those treated with CaC2. Application of 500 μL L–1 ethephon and the bioethylene sources G. sepium and ‘Cardava’ banana did not effectively ripen ‘Carabao’ mango as compared to the other treatments. The effectiveness of CaC2 did not vary between the concentrations tested. Just 2.5 g kg–1 was needed to ripen the fruit, which is considerably less than the commercial practice of using 10 g kg–1. Weight loss was highest in mangoes treated with CaC2 or ethephon. Similar to CaC2, ethephon treatment (1000 or 1500 μL L–1) reduced the time to reach saleability to 3–4 d as compared to 6 d for untreated mangoes. Accordingly, 1000 μL L–1 ethephon could be a relatively safer alternative to CaC2 in ripening ‘Carabao’ mango. Moreover, the benefits of using ethephon over conventional CaC2 include lower cost and higher profit.



‘Carabao’ mango is known internationally as the ‘Philippine Super Mango’ and is the country’s most economically important mango (Mangifera indica) variety. It is considered one of the world’s best varieties due to its characteristically attractive taste and aroma. Accordingly, it is in strong demand in both local and international markets. ‘Carabao’ mango is a high-value crop in the Philippines, where it ranks third among fruit crops after banana and pineapple (Rodeo 2016). In 2016, its production reached 814,055 MT – of which 14,343 MT was exported (PSA 2018). . . . read more



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