on quality and vase life of cut Gerbera jamesonii cv. 'Balance'
flowers by silver nanoparticles and chlorophenol
Davood Hashemabadi1*, Behzad Kaviani1, Narges Nikchi2
and Mohammad Zarchini3
Horticulture, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, 4147654919, Iran
Horticulture, Garmsar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Garmsar, 4616956566,
Club, Rasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Rasht, 4147654919, Iran
Author E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 June 2013
19 December 2013
31 March 2014
gerbera flowers are sensitive to microbial contamination and have a short
vase life. Silver nanoparticles are used in various applications as an
antimicrobial agent. An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of
different concentrations of SNP and chlorophenol to extend the vase life and
postharvest quality of gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii cv. 'Balance') cut flowers.
Cut gerbera flowers were kept in solutions containing 0, 5, 10 and 20 mg l-1
SNP and/or 0, 5 and 10 mM chlorophenol for 24 hr; then held in vase solution
containing 250 mg l-1 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate and 3% sucrose.
The maximum vase life (16.33 days) was observed in flowers held in solution
containing 10 mg l-1 SNP. The 5 mg l-1 SNP plus 10 mM
chlorophenol and 10 mg l-1 SNP plus 5 mM chlorophenol inhibited
bacterial growth in the vase solution. The minimum fresh weight loss (6.48gr)
during the vase period was observed for flowers kept in solution containing
20 mg l-1 SNP. The results revealed that SNP and chlorophenol have
the potential to extend vase life and enhanc the postharvest quality of cut
gerbera cv. 'Balance' flowers.
contamination, Chlorophenol, Gerbera jamesonii, Silver nanoparticles, Vase
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