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Deterioration of Strawberries by Gray Mold: A Minireview of Agent, Causes, Failures and Post-harvest Control Strategies

Cesar Vinicius Toniciolli Rigueto, Marieli Rosseto, Raquel Aparecida Loss, Aline Dettmer, Ionara Regina Pizzutti, Marina Venturini Copetti


This work aimed to carry out a literature review of the deterioration of strawberries by gray mold, covering the main responsible fungus, Botrytis cinerea, in addition to causes, failures, and recently studied strategies for postharvest control. It was observed that the main post-harvest control strategies with promising results were the application of essential oils, antifungal lamps, active packaging/films, emerging techniques (O3 and high-CO2), and antifungal compounds synthesized by bacteria. However, some strategies may have some disadvantages, such as essential oils, which can impart undesirable odors and flavors to fresh fruits, while the use of emerging technologies requires greater financial investment. In this sense, applications that allow the use of commercially available lamps and the production of active coating/films, have more potential to be applied, considering the effectiveness of inhibiting the growth of Botrytis cinerea and the cost of implantation.


Botrytis cinerea, Failures, Postharvest control, Conservation techniques, Food safety.

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