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Polysaccharide from Anacardium occidentale L. tree gum (Policaju) as a coating for Tommy Atkins mangoes

Marthyna P. Souza, Miguel A. Cerqueira, Bartolomeu W. S. Souza, José A. Teixeira, Ana L. F. Porto, António A. Vicente, and Maria G. Carneiro-da-Cunha

Departamento de Bioquímica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Av. Prof Moraes Rego, s/n, Cidade Universitária, 50670-420 Recife, PE, Brazil



Received: 30 September 2009  Revised: 17 November 2009  Accepted: 19 November 2009

Abstract: Policaju-based coatings were applied on “Tommy Atkins” mangoes and the effects of four different treatments on mango shelf-life were evaluated under storage condition at 4°C and 82 % of relative humidity over 28 days. The surface tension of mangoes was found to be 29.04 mN m−1; the dispersive and polar components were 27.57 mN m−1 and 1.47 mN m−1, respectively, and the critical surface tension was 22.7 mN m−1. A significantly lower mass loss was observed in all mangoes treated with Policaju-based coatings. For all applied treatments, no significant variation in the total soluble solids and pH was detected over the experimental storage time. The results show that Policaju-based coatings have a positive effect on the shelf-life extension of mangoes at low storage temperatures (4°C).

Keywords: Policaju - edible coating - shelf-life - mango

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.2478/s11696-010-0017-7


Chemical Papers 64 (4) 475–481 (2010)

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