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Agricultural Reviews, volume 43 issue 2 (june 2022) : 193-198

Application of Melatonin in Maintaining Post Harvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables: A Review

P.S. Gurjar, Bharati Killadi, Pawan Kumar Pareek, T.S. Hada
1ICAR-Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner-334 001, Rajasthan, India.
Cite article:- Gurjar P.S., Killadi Bharati, Pareek Kumar Pawan, Hada T.S. (2022). Application of Melatonin in Maintaining Post Harvest Quality of Fruits and Vegetables: A Review. Agricultural Reviews. 43(2): 193-198. doi: 10.18805/ag.R-2092.
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is a nontoxic biological molecule produced naturally in a pineal gland of animals and different tissues of plants. Melatonin acts as an antioxidant during postharvest storage and augments the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Our review highlighted the role of pre and post harvest application of melatonin in extending post harvest shelf life and alleviating chilling injury in fruits and vegetables in cold storage. Review also included available information regarding biosynthesis of melatonin in plants and mode of action of melatonin in maintaining post harvest quality.

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