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Moderate water stress prevents the postharvest decline of ascorbic acid in spinach (Spinacia oleraceaL.) but not in spinach beet (Beta vulgaris L.)

Mogren, L.M., Beacham, A.M., Reade, J.P.H. and Monaghan, J.M. (2016) Moderate water stress prevents the postharvest decline of ascorbic acid in spinach (Spinacia oleraceaL.) but not in spinach beet (Beta vulgaris L.). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.7464

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Babyleaf salads such as spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) and spinach beet (Beta vulgaris L. subsp. cicla var. cicla) are an important dietary source of antioxidants such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Such compounds may be important in disease prevention in consumers but the level of these compounds in leaves frequently declines after harvest. As such, methods to maintain antioxidant levels in fresh produce are being sought. RESULTS: Irrigation deficits were used to apply water stress to S. oleracea and B. vulgaris plants. This treatment prevented postharvest decline of leaf ascorbic acid content in S. oleracea but not in B. vulgaris. Ascorbic acid levels in leaves at harvest were unaffected by the treatment in both species compared to well-watered controls. CONCLUSION: We have shown that restricted irrigation provides a viable means to maintain leaf vitamin content after harvest in S. oleracea, an important finding for producers, retailers and consumers alike. © 2015 Society of Chemical Industry.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ascorbic acid, postharvest, spinach, spinach beet, water stress
Divisions: Crop and Environment Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 20:54
URI: http://hau.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/9235

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