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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

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SANT'ANNA, H.L.S. et al. Postharvest longevity of red ginger [Alpinia purpurata (Vieill.) K. Schum.] treated with sucrose solutions and natural water extracts. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.3, pp.269-277. ISSN 1516-0572.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-05722010000300004.

Red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) is a tropical plant found in several Brazilian regions with excellent potential for commercialization as cut flower. However, the senescence of flower stems due to the exhaustion of sucrose is a major factor that affects commercial durability and is suppressed through addition of sucrose in pulsing solutions. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of water extracts from stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), star anise (Illicium verum) and sucrose in pulsing solution on the postharvest quality maintenance of red ginger inflorescences. Flower stems of uniform size were subjected to the pulsing solution for 12h at 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0% concentrations, with distilled water as control. The best commercial quality of inflorescences was obtained when flower stems were kept in pulsing solutions from 1% star anise and stevia extracts and in 2% sucrose solution, not presenting statistical difference. Total longevity of flower stems was not influenced by treatments. Sucrose solution may be replaced by extracts of the studied medicinal plants in the postharvest conservation of red ginger inflorescences.

Palavras-chave : Alpinia purpurata; Stevia rebaudiana; Illicium verum; sucrose.

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