Plant Pathol J > Volume 33(6); 2017 > Article
Ayón-Reyna, López-Valenzuela, Delgado-Vargas, López-López, Molina-Corral, Carrillo-López, and Vega-García: Effect of the Combination Hot Water - Calcium Chloride on the In Vitro Growth of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and the Postharvest Quality of Infected Papaya


Anthracnose of papaya fruit caused by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is one of the most economically important postharvest diseases. Hot water immersion (HW) and calcium chloride (Ca) treatments have been used to control papaya postharvest diseases; however, the effect of the combination HW-Ca on the pathogen growth and the development of the disease in infected papaya fruit has been scarcely studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the HW-Ca treatment on the in vitro growth of C. gloesporioides conidia and the quality of infected papaya. In vitro, the HW-Ca treated conidia showed reduced mycelial growth and germination. In vivo, the HW-Ca treatment of infected papaya delayed for 5 days the onset of the anthracnose symptoms and improved the papaya postharvest quality. The combined treatment HW-Ca was better than any of the individual treatments to inhibit the in vitro development of C. gloeosporioides and to reduce the negative effects of papaya anthracnose.


Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is an important tropical fruit, which is appreciated for its high nutrient content and pharmacological benefits (Ong et al., 2013). The world trade of this fruit is increasing, gaining popularity in the local and export markets (Ali et al., 2015). However, papaya marketing is limited because of its very short shelf life associated with rapid weight loss, pulp softening, and susceptibility to postharvest diseases (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2015; Madani et al., 2014), which is the main concern of papaya growers (Ong et al., 2013).
Anthracnose is a postharvest disease caused by the fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides (Penz.) Penz. & Sacc., one of the most devastating and economically significant pathogen that affects papaya fruit causing postharvest losses of about 40-100% in developing countries (Ademe et al., 2013; Machado et al., 2014; Madani et al., 2014). Papaya anthracnose initiates in the field when the developing fruit is infected, but the symptoms generally appear until the fruit ripens. Anthracnose in papaya is characterized by sunken areas and water soaked spots, which rapidly expand and the infected tissue becomes soft and then necrotic (Ajay Kumar, 2014).
Several chemical fungicides such as prochloraz, propiconazole, benomyl, and thiabendazole are commonly used to control anthracnose disease (Ali et al., 2015; Li et al., 2013; Perumal et al., 2016). However, the long-term use of fungicides has resulted in pathogen resistance to these chemicals (Ali et al., 2015). Moreover, epidemiological studies have shown that many of these pesticides are toxic to human beings. Over the past several decades, pesticides have been banned or otherwise regulated because of concerns related to their carcinogenic potential or other risks to human health or the environment (National Research Council, 1996). In this sense, consumers prefer the consumption of fruits that have not been treated with chemical products (Kechinski et al., 2012). Thus, non-chemical treatments are required to protect the papaya fruit of different diseases and to extend their shelf life.
Immersion of the fruit in hot water (HW) is an effective non-chemical treatment to kill or retard the development of pathogens. In addition, the HW treatment delays the ripening process, increases the shelf life, and preserves the fruit quality (Li et al., 2013; Martins and Blum, 2014). The advantages of HW treatment include its relatively easy application, short treatment time, and its effectiveness in killing pathogens that cause skin-borne diseases (Kechinski et al., 2012). Hot water treatment has shown to be effective in reducing the viability of various pathogens such as C. gloeosporioides in papaya and guava (Ferraz et al., 2013; Li et al., 2013), Monilinia laxa in peach (Spadoni et al., 2014), and Penicillium expansum in apple (Conway et al., 1999). A comparative study between hot air and the chemical fungicide thiabendazole showed that both treatments had the same effect on inoculum development of C. gloeosporioides in papaya (Pérez-Carrillo and Yahia, 2004).
Another method used to control fruit postharvest diseases is the application of calcium (Ca); fruits containing high concentration of calcium are less susceptible to fungal infections (Awang et al., 2011). Also, Ca treatment delays the ripening processes of several fruits and vegetables and increases their postharvest quality (Al-Eryani et al., 2008). Calcium interacts with pectin and helps to preserve the fruit firmness by maintaining the cell wall integrity, which reduces the fruit susceptibility to the attack of pathogens (Madani et al., 2016). In this regard, Ca treatment can control anthracnose disease in some fruits like papaya (Madani et al., 2016), apple (Zhao and Wang, 2015), and dragon fruit (Ghani et al., 2011).
Nowadays, research studies have focused on combined techniques with better antifungal efficiencies than the chemical alternatives (Kechinski et al., 2012). The combination of hot water and calcium (HW-Ca) treatments has been used to control postharvest diseases and has been shown to maintain the postharvest quality of the fruits, especially the firmness (Aguayo et al., 2008). HW-Ca was effective in reducing the severity of anthracnose caused by C. gloeosporioides in papaya (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2017) and mango (Dessalegn et al., 2013) and by Colletotrichum simmondsii in guava (Cruz et al., 2015), obtaining better results with the combination compared with the individual treatments. These HW-Ca treatments have also reduced the decay area and incidence of Penicillium expansum and Botrytis cinerea in apple fruit (Sharma et al., 2013). However, the effect of the HW-Ca treatment on papaya fruit diseases has been scarcely studied. We previously reported that HW-Ca treated papaya fruit are better protected against the C. gloeosporioides infection (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2017), but the in vitro effect of this treatment on C. gloeoporioides has not been reported. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of hot water (HW), calcium (Ca), and HW-Ca treatments on the in vitro development of C. gloeosporioides and the postharvest quality of papaya fruit infected with this fungus.

Materials and Methods

Fungal pathogen isolation

The fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides was isolated from infected papaya fruit and identified by molecular analysis (Accession number - HM222960.1; Similarity 100%). It was plated on potato dextrose agar (PDA, MCD LAB, Tlalnepantla, Edo. de Mexico, Mexico) and incubated at 28 ± 2°C to obtain material for further studies. The conidial suspension used for in vitro assays and fruit inoculations was prepared as described by Ayón-Reyna et al. (2017).

In vitro antifungal assay

Ten milliliters of conidial suspension (1.5 × 106 conidia/ml) was centrifuged at 5000 × g for 20 min at room temperature (Eppendorf 5804-R, Hamburg, Germany). The pellet containing conidia was recovered, resuspended in 10 ml of different media, and exposed for 20 min at different temperatures: (a) water at 25°C (control), (b) water at 48°C (HW treatment), (c) 1% calcium chloride solution at 25°C (Ca treatment), and (d) 1% calcium chloride solution at 48°C (HW-Ca treatment). One microliter of each conidial suspension was poured into the center of a 90 × 15 mm Petri dish containing PDA, incubated at 28°C, and the radial mycelial growth for each treatment was measured when the mycelia of the control reached the edge of the plate. Results were expressed as percentage of inhibition using the formula described by Ong et al. (2013).
  • Rc = Radial growth in control

  • R = Radial growth in treatment

Conidial germination inhibition was evaluated according to Ali et al. (2015). Briefly, 100 μl of each treated conidial suspension was pipetted onto PDA dish, spread with a sterile loop, and the dish was incubated at 28°C for 6 h. The conidia germination was examined under a light microscope at 40× magnification (Axiophot photo-microscope Carl Zeiss, Germany). One hundred conidia were examined, and germination was established by the development of germ tubes. A conidium was considered germinated when its germ tube length equaled or exceeded half the length of the conidium. Results were expressed as percentage of germination inhibition according to the formula described by Ong et al. (2013).
%Germination inhibition=1-(GGc)×100
  • G = Number of germinated spores in the treatment

  • Gc = Number of germinated spores in the control

Three replicates were used per treatment and each replicate contained five PDA plates.

In vivo antifungal assay

Maradol papaya fruit was collected at maturity index 4 (skin clearly orange in color with some light green areas; uniform weight, 900 ± 200 g; free of injuries and pesticides) from a commercial plantation located at Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico.
Fruits were washed with 1% (v/v) sodium hypochlorite, rinsed and air-dried at 25 ± 2°C for 1 h, and then dipped for 5 min in a conidial suspension of C. gloeosporioides (1.5 × 105 conidia/ml) containing 0.5% (v/v) Tween 80®. The inoculated fruits were air-dried for 1 h again and randomly divided into 4 lots of 36 fruits each. One lot was untreated (control), other immersed in hot water (48°C), the third one immersed in a solution containing 1% (w/v) calcium chloride (Food grade, CCFO21-00 Fabpsa, Mexico) at room temperature, and the fourth lot was treated by immersion in water containing 1% (w/v) calcium chloride at 48°C. All immersions were done for 20 min.
The treated fruits were individually packed in unsealed plastic bags and stored at 12°C (90-95% relative humidity) for 20 days. Six fruits of each treatment were randomly removed every 4 days for physical and chemical analysis, and 36 fruits were used for each treatment during the entire storage period for anthracnose incidence and severity analysis. Three replicates per treatment were performed.

Disease incidence and severity

Fruit disease incidence based on the anthracnose symptoms was assessed every 2 days according to Ali et al. (2015) and applying the equation:
Disease incidence (%)=Number of infected fruitsTotal number of inoculated fruits×100
Fruit disease severity was visually evaluated every 4 days and reported as percentage of fruit surface with anthracnose symptoms (Madani et al., 2016).

Measurement of fruit calcium

Pulp samples were dried at 60°C for 5 h. Dried sample (0.25 g) was finely crushed and digested with 5 ml H2SO4 at 450°C for 7 min. Sample was oxidized with 10 ml H2O2 at 450°C for 6 min and made up to 100 ml with deionized water (Madani et al., 2016). Calcium content was determined with a Perkin Elmer 3110 atomic absorption spectrometer (PerkinElmer Inc., USA) and expressed as mg/100 g fresh fruit. Measurements were done by triplicate.

Physicochemical quality of fruits

Weight loss was measured every 4 days according to Al-Eryani et al. (2008) and reported as percentage of weight loss. External fruit color (L*, C*, and H°) at the equator region of opposing faces of each fruit was evaluated using a CR-200 colorimeter (Minolta Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan) and twelve measurements per treatment were made avoiding fungal lesions according to Rashid et al. (2015). Firmness (reported in Newton, N) of horizontally-cut fruit slices was measured using a Chatillon penetrometer (DFE 100; AMETEK Inc., Largo, Fla., USA) fitted with an 11 mm diameter cylindrical probe and a penetration depth of 5 mm and speed of 50 mm/min (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2015). Total soluble solids (TSS) were measured with a handheld refractometer (Atago, Fisher Scientific, GA, USA) and results were expressed as °Brix (Ali et al., 2015). Titratable acidity of the solution was determined as described by Ayón-Reyna et al. (2015) and reported as percentage of citric acid.

Statistical analysis

A completely randomized experimental design with three replicates was performed, considering treatment and storage time as factors. Statistical analysis of data was performed through analysis of variance using Statgraphics plus 5.1 (Statistical Graphics, Warrenton, VA, USA) and the means were compared using Fisher’s least significant difference (LSD) test (P ≤ 0.05). The means with their corresponding standard deviation and letters indicating LSD at each time point were plotted using SigmaPlot 12.0 (SYSTAT Software Inc, San Jose, CA, USA).


In vitro antifungal assay

The treatment of C. gloeosporioides conidia with hot water alone or in combination with calcium inhibited the mycelial growth (HW = 13.14%; HW-Ca = 14.1%), whereas calcium alone did not show any significant effect (Fig. 1A). All treatments significantly inhibited the conidial germination, although the combination HW-Ca showed the greatest effect (Fig. 1B). After 7 days of incubation, Petri dishes containing untreated and Ca treated C. gloeosporioides conidia reached the edge of the plate by first time (Fig. 1C).

In vivo antifungal assay

The incidence of anthracnose in papaya fruit was affected by the treatment applied and the time of storage (P < 0.05) (Fig. 2A). In this regard, the HW-Ca treatment protected the fruit. For all treatments, papaya fruit were free of symptoms up to four days of storage, but the symptoms appeared after 6, 8, 10 and 12 days in control, Ca, HW and HW-Ca treated fruit, respectively (Fig. 2A). The Ca treatment increased the rate of anthracnose incidence, reaching the maximum value (100%) after 12 days of storage; such value was obtained after 14 days in control and HW treatments and after 16 days in the combination HW-Ca.
Anthracnose severity on papaya fruit was dependent on the treatment and storage time (P < 0.001) (Fig. 2B), and Ca treated fruit was particularly more sensitive. After 8 days of storage, the affected surface area of Ca treated fruit (25.8%) was significantly higher than that of control fruit (4%). After 16 days of storage, fruit of all treatments were affected by anthracnose (100% incidence), but the severity of this disease was lower in HW treated fruit, showing the lowest severity in the HW-Ca treatment (Fig. 2C). At the end of the storage period, control and Ca treated fruit showed the greatest damage, and for the HW treated fruits (HW and HW-Ca) was the lowest. Remarkably, the HW-Ca treatment provided the best fruit protection (Fig. 2B).

Fruit calcium

The highest calcium content was registered in the HW-Ca fruit, which showed a significant increase with the storage time (P < 0.05) (Fig. 3A). Neither the Ca treatment nor the HW treatment increased significantly the fruit calcium content, suggesting a synergic effect for the combined treatment (HW-Ca).

Fruit physicochemical quality

Fruit of all treatments showed a gradual and significant increase in weight loss during the storage time (P < 0.001), but only the HW-Ca treated fruit showed a significantly lower weight loss at the end of storage (P < 0.05) (Fig. 3B).
The lightness (L*) values of all treated papaya fruit remained constant during the first 12 days of storage, followed by a significant decrease until the end of the storage period (P < 0.001). This parameter was not significantly affected by the treatment (P > 0.05) (Fig. 4A). Considering the chroma (C*) and hue angle (H*) parameters, both the storage time and the applied treatment showed a significant effect (P < 0.001) (Fig. 4B, C). The C* values of all treated papaya fruit increased with the storage time; at the end of the storage time and contrasting with the control fruit (the highest C* values), the lowest C* values were for the HW-Ca treated fruit (Fig. 4B). On the other hand, the H* values of all treated papaya decreased with the storage time; the skin color changed from slightly orange with green stripes to completely orange. At the end of the storage period, the HW-Ca treated fruit showed the highest H* values, demonstrating a slower rate of color change (Fig. 4C). Thus, all reflectance color parameters agreed with the highest protective effect of the HW-Ca treatment (Fig. 4).
The firmness of papaya fruit decreases during normal ripening. Compared with the control, the fruit of all other treatments showed better retention of firmness (P < 0.001), but the best effect was observed in HW-Ca treated fruit (Fig. 5A).
The total soluble solids (TSS) content of fruit increases during normal ripening process; thus, a lower rate-in-rise indicates that ripening is being delayed. In general during storage time, the HW treatments (HW and HW-Ca) showed a protective effect characterized by lower TSS values and the HW-Ca treatment was the best by the end of the storage; in fact, the TSS values of the HW-Ca treated fruit remained constant during the storage time (Fig. 5B).
The titratable acidity (TA) of all treated papaya fruit decreased during the storage from 0.08% to 0.047% in the control and to 0.058% in HW-Ca treated fruit (P < 0.001); however, the treatments had no significant effect on TA (P > 0.05) (Fig. 5C).


Hot water treatments (HW and HW-Ca) showed good antifungal activity against C. gloeosporioides in both in vitro and in vivo tests. In vitro, HW and HW-Ca treatments inhibited both the mycelial growth and the conidial germination of C. gloeosporioides, whereas Ca treatment only decreased the conidial germination (Fig. 1A, B). These findings agree with the those previously reported by Madani et al. (2014); they observed that treating C. gloeosporioides with 1% CaCl2 decreased spore germination but stimulated the mycelial growth, indicating that the pathogen conidia was more sensitive to calcium than mycelium. According to Al-Eryani-Raqeeb et al. (2009), fungal cells exposed to high calcium concentration increase their calcium level in the cytosol, which could alter the osmotic balance and be toxic for the fungus. Warwar and Dickman (1996) evaluated the effect of internal and external calcium on Colletotrichum trifolii using EGTA (ethylene-bis (oxy-ethylenenitrolo) tetraacetic acid); calcium chelation induced the germination of C. trifolii spores; however, the formation of appressoria was inhibited. They also found that adding Ca+2 restored the ability of spores to differentiate to mature appressoria, indicating that calcium is required for differentiation and colony growth of C. trifolii. In this sense, Griffin (1966) reported that calcium at optimum concentrations was required for the formation of spores and sporangia, whereas high concentrations reduced their differentiation. On the other hand, the reduction of spore germination and mycelial growth by the hot water treatment could be mainly due to a direct effect of the high temperature on the fungus as reported by Conway et al. (1999), who observed that heat treatment reduced the survival of Penicillium expansum conidia.
In vivo, hot water treatments (HW and HW-Ca) of papaya infected with C. gloeosporioides reduced the incidence and severity of anthracnose, obtaining better results with the combined HW-Ca treatment, which delayed the appearance of symptoms up to 6 days and reduced the disease severity (Fig. 2). Considering the inhibitory effect of Ca treatment on conidial germination (Fig. 1B), the increased incidence and severity of papaya anthracnose observed for this treatment was unexpected (Fig. 2A, B). This could be partially explained because Ca treatment did not significantly increase the pulp calcium content, but the HW-Ca did (Fig. 3A). In addition, the fruit could protect the conidia against heat and calcium, while in the in vitro test the conidia were directly exposed to these treatments. These results agree with those of Sharma et al. (2013) who reported higher calcium content and lower incidence of Penicillium expansum and Botrytis cinerea in apple fruit treated with the combination HW-Ca than in fruit treated with HW or Ca alone.
The reduction of anthracnose symptoms in hot water treated fruit could be due to a direct effect on C. gloeosporioides; high temperatures could affect enzymes and other proteins of the fungus and inhibit its growth (Martins and Blum, 2014). The HW treatment reduced the incidence and severity of anthracnose in papaya fruits (Li et al., 2013; Rashid et al., 2015), and the size of the lesions caused by C. gloesoporioides in guava (Ferraz et al., 2013) and by Monilinia laxa in peach (Spadoni et al., 2014). On the other hand, several studies have found that calcium chloride reduces the incidence and severity of fungal anthracnose in papaya (Al-Eryani-Raqeeb et al., 2009; Madani et al., 2016), apple (Zhao and Wang, 2015), guava (Cruz et al., 2015), and dragon fruits (Awang et al., 2011; Ghani et al., 2011). The Ca treatment of the present study did not reduce papaya anthracnose, perhaps because the calcium concentration or the time used was not enough to allow an internal concentration in the fruit that prevents fungal growth. Previous studies have shown similar results; a 2% (w/v) calcium chloride treatment did not protect banana clusters against the crown rot caused by Colletotrichum musae (Bastiaanse et al., 2010), whereas the incidence and severity of papaya anthracnose was only reduced at calcium chloride concentrations higher than 1% (Madani et al., 2016).
It has been reported that the mechanism by which calcium reduces the fruit decay is related to formation of calcium pectate, which stabilizes the cell wall (Sharma et al., 2013), and the severity of the disease decreases at higher calcium concentrations (Awang et al., 2011). Although calcium treatment of papaya fruit delayed the onset of anthracnose symptoms in papaya fruit, 8 days versus 6 days for the control fruit, after 8 days of storage, the anthracnose incidence and severity of Ca treated fruit were equal or higher than that of the control fruit. Thus, calcium could be affecting the stage of spore germination, and the onset of anthracnose is delayed. After spore germination, mycelial growth is not affected, and the damage of calcium treated fruit is similar to that of control fruit.
Combining hot water and calcium chloride resulted in a more effective protection of papaya against C. gloesporioides anthracnose than either treatment alone. Heat treatment of the fruit increases the cell permeability and the calcium penetration is facilitated (Silveira et al., 2011). This phenomenon has been demonstrated in papaya (Madani et al., 2014), dragon fruit (Awang et al., 2011), apple (Hemmaty et al., 2007; Sharma et al., 2013), melon (Aguayo et al., 2008), and other fruits. In apple, Sharma et al. (2013) observed that untreated fruit exhibited higher decay area caused by Penicillium expansum and Botrytis cinerea than those treated with calcium, hot water or their combination; hot water treatment was better than calcium treatment, and an additive effect resulted of the application of the combined treatment. Aguayo et al. (2015) reported a reduction in growth of yeasts and fungi in apple slices treated with the combination HW-Ca, while application of Ca alone was not effective.
The fungal pathogen must first attack the fruit skin, where fungus secretes cell wall degrading enzymes leading to loss of fruit firmness and favoring the fungal infection (Awang et al., 2011); however, heat treatment of infected fruit can hinder fungal germination and growth by exerting either lethal or sublethal effects (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2015). Remarkably, heat activates fruit pectin methylesterase, which demethylates pectin and the free anionic carboxyl groups form calcium pectates in the presence of calcium ions. These pectates strengthen the cell walls, reducing the fruit susceptibility to fungal attack because the substrates are less available to fungal hydrolases that macerate the tissue and the fruit quality remains for longer time (Aguayo et al., 2008; Awang et al., 2011; Ayón-Reyna et al., 2015). Additionally, our previous report shows that hot water and calcium chloride combined treatment melts the epicuticular wax, forming a physical barrier that reduces the mycelial growth on papaya fruit (Ayón-Reyna et al., 2017).
Data suggested that HW-Ca delayed the ripening process; it was the only treatment that retained significantly the quality parameters of papaya; i.e., lower weight loss (Fig. 3B) and total soluble solids, higher firmness and titratable acidity (Fig. 5), as well as better color retention (Fig. 4). Weight loss, firmness and external color are some of the most important quality parameters used by the consumers to decide if the fruit is suitable for consumption. Ripening of most climacteric fruit is characterized by softening of the flesh, enhanced color development, gas exchange, and increased sugar/acid ratio. Exposing fruit to high temperatures retards some of these processes while enhancing others (Li et al., 2013). In our case, HW-Ca was effective to retard the changes of the main quality parameters, thus maintaining the fruit quality for a longer period during storage and shelf life. Hot water combined with calcium have been shown to improve the quality and shelf life of other fruit crops such as melon (Aguayo et al., 2008), and apple (Aguayo et al., 2015; Hemmaty et al., 2007).
The immersion of papaya in hot water containing calcium chloride may be a useful integrated strategy to control C. gloeosporioides anthracnose, to delay the ripening process and to improve the quality and shelf life of the fruit. Both hot water and calcium chloride treatments are innocuous, and the combined treatment represents a better option than the use of chemical fungicides due to safety concerns.

Fig. 1
In vitro radial growth (A) and spore germination (B) of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides conidia treated with hot water (HW), calcium chloride (Ca), and a combination of hot water with calcium chloride (HW-Ca). Vertical bars represent the standard deviation of means for 3 replicates. Different letters indicate significant differences among treatments according to the Fisher’s test (P < 0.05). (C) Representative images of Petri dishes inoculated with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides conidia from each treatment showing mycelial growth after 7 days of incubation at 28°C.
Fig. 2
Effect of hot water (HW), calcium chloride (Ca), and a combination of hot water with calcium chloride (HW-Ca) on incidence (A) and severity (B) of anthracnose disease in papaya inoculated with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides conidia and stored at 12°C for 20 days. Vertical bars represent the standard deviation of means for three replicates. For the same day, different lowercase letters indicate significant differences among treatments according to Fisher’s test (P < 0.05). For the same treatment, different uppercase letters indicate significant differences among days of storage according to Fisher’s test (P < 0.05). (C) Representative images of papaya fruit from each treatment showing anthracnose symptoms on the surface after 16 days of storage at 12°C.
Fig. 3
Effect of hot water (HW), calcium chloride (Ca) and the combination of HW and Ca (HW-Ca) on calcium content (A) and weight loss (B) during the storage at 12°C of Maradol papaya inoculated with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Values represent the mean ± standard deviation of three independent replicates. For the same day, different lowercase letters indicate significant differences among the treatments (P < 0.05). For the same treatment, different uppercase letters indicate significant differences among days of storage according to Fisher’s test (P < 0.05).
Fig. 4
Effect of hot water (HW), calcium chloride (Ca) and their combination (HW-Ca) on lightness (A), chroma (B) and hue angle (C) during the storage at 12°C of Maradol papaya inoculated with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Vertical bars on columns represent the standard deviation of the means for three replicates. For the same day, different lowercase letters indicate significant differences among the treatments (P < 0.05). For the same treatment, different uppercase letters indicate significant differences among days of storage according to Fisher’s test (P < 0.05).
Fig. 5
Effect of hot water (HW), calcium (Ca), and a combination of HW and Ca (HW-Ca) on firmness (A), total soluble solids (B) and titratable acidity (C) of papaya inoculated with Colletotrichum gloeosporioides after 20 days of storage at 12°C. Vertical bars on columns represent the standard deviation of the means for three replicates. For the same day, different lowercase letters indicate significant differences among the treatments (P < 0.05). For the same treatment, different uppercase letters indicate significant differences among days of storage according to Fisher’s test (P < 0.05).


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