Modeling Woundinduced Respiration of Freshcut Carrots (Daucus carota L.)
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A mechanistic model based on synthesis and inactivation of enzymes, associated to the respiration pathway, was proposed to describe wound-induced respiration of fresh-cut produce. Carrots (Daucus carota L.) were cut into slices, sticks, a combination of both, and shreds to obtain different wounding intensities, defined by the ratio of new area created to tissue weight (A/W). Respiration rates obtained at 10C showed a typical increase, a maximum peak, and a decrease until reaching steady state. A 2-phase exponential decay equation described the process, with the obtained key parameters relating to A/W. This model can be used to understand wound-induced respiration and the possible implications in produce quality changes and packaging design.