Effect of elevated CO2 on lycopene content of tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum L. Karsten) fruits

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Recently several studies have focused on the antioxidant activity of lycopene such as quenching of singlet oxygen and scavenging of peroxyl radicals. These properties may play a role in the prevention of different cancer and heart diseases. Tomato is one of the most important sources of lycopene. The main information on the effect of environmental parameters on quality and health-retaining constituents of tomato fruit is mostly related to temperature (air- and fruit canopy temperature) and light effects that might provide a stress to the fruit. Nowadays little is know about the direct effect of elevated CO2.The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effects of elevated CO2 in Perspex open top chambers (OTC) on the lycopene content of tomato fruit.Experiments on the effects of elevated CO2 concentrations showed mixed results. In this work it was found that concentrations of lycopene in a fruit decreased significantly when elevated CO2 was used. Elevated nitrogen sources generated only slight, but not significant difference in the lycopene concentration of tomato fruit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
JournalActa Alimentaria
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2011

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Lycopersicon esculentum
lycopene
Solanum lycopersicum var. lycopersicum
Fruit
tomatoes
fruits
Singlet Oxygen
Temperature
singlet oxygen
heart diseases
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Heart Diseases
air temperature
Nitrogen
Antioxidants
antioxidant activity
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Keywords

  • CO
  • lycopene
  • open top chambers
  • tomato

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Effect of elevated CO2 on lycopene content of tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum L. Karsten) fruits. / Helyes, L.; Lugasi, A.; Péli, E.; Pék, Z.

In: Acta Alimentaria, Vol. 40, No. 1, 01.03.2011, p. 80-86.

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