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Tasmanian researchers developed ‘potato tuber greening risk rating model’ for retail stores

Light conditions in retail stores may contribute to potato greening, says a team of researchers at the University of Tasmania in their recently published study on this subject.

In this study, the research team says they aimed to develop a “potato tuber greening risk rating model” for retail stores based on light quality and intensity parameters. This was achieved by firstly exposing three potato varieties (Nicola, Maranca and Kennebec) to seven specific light wavelengths (370, 420, 450, 530, 630, 660 and 735 nm) to determine the tuber greening propensity.

Detailed light quality and intensity measurements from 25 retail stores were then combined with the greening propensity data to develop a tuber greening risk rating model.

The research team says: “Our study showed that maximum greening occurred under blue light (450 nm), while 53%, 65% and 75% less occurred under green (530 nm), red (660 nm) and orange (630 nm) light, respectively.

Greening risk, which varied between stores, was found to be related to light intensity level, and partially explained potato stock loss in stores.”

“Our results from this study suggested that other in-store management practices, including lighting duration, average potato turnover, and light protection during non-retail periods, likely influence tuber greening risk.”

Researchers involved in this study from the University of Tasmania College of Sciences and Engineering: Sabine Tanios, Alieta Eyles, Ross Corkrey, Robert S Tegg,  (View ORCID Profile), Tamilarasan Thangavel,  (View ORCID Profile). Calum R Wilson is from the University of Tasmania.

A pre-print version of this study can be accessed on the biorxiv.org website. A pdf file of the paper can be found here.

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