Year 2019, Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 1 - 7 2019-06-28

Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits

Matthew Chidozie Ogwu [1]

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Tomato is a widely cultivated fruit vegetable in Nigeria. They are valued for their fruits, which are consumed fresh or processed. The method and duration of storage have profound effects on the economic value and utilization of the fruits. Therefore, this study was set up to investigate the efficacy of three common storage methods (plastic basket, concrete floor and refrigeration at 4 oC) by conducting microbial assessment. Freshly harvested fruits were sourced from two locations in Benin City, Nigeria and stored for a period of four weeks. Microbial composition and load was determined using standard laboratory techniques initially (on the first day) and every week afterwards. Results showed that the microbial load increased with prolonged storage. Tomato fruits stored in plastic basket had the highest mean total microbial count (132 × 105 CFU/mL), whereas those stored in the refrigerator had the least (3 × 105 CFU/mL). The common microorganisms isolated from the stored fruits include the fungi; Aspergillus niger, A. flavus, Rhizopus, Penicillium spp., and yeast cells as well as the bacteria; Staphylococcus sp. E. coli, Salmonella and Enterobacter spp. These results suggest that refrigeration will extend the shelf life of tomato fruits and minimize the rate of spoilage due to microbial composition and load
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), Microbial load, Economic plants, Fruitosphere
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Author: Matthew Chidozie Ogwu (Primary Author)
Institution: Seoul National University
Country: South Korea


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Publication Date: June 28, 2019

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APA Ogwu, M . (2019). Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits. Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology, 9 (1), 1-7. Retrieved from http://dergipark.org.tr/beuscitech/issue/46431/378001
MLA Ogwu, M . "Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits". Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology 9 (2019): 1-7 <http://dergipark.org.tr/beuscitech/issue/46431/378001>
Chicago Ogwu, M . "Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits". Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology 9 (2019): 1-7
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ISNAD Ogwu, Matthew Chidozie . "Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits". Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology 9 / 1 (June 2019): 1-7.
AMA Ogwu M . Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits. Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology. 2019; 9(1): 1-7.
Vancouver Ogwu M . Effects of Storage Methods and Duration on the Microbial Composition and Load of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum [L.], Solanaceae) Fruits. Bitlis Eren University Journal of Science and Technology. 2019; 9(1): 7-1.