High-oxygen and high-carbon dioxide containing atmospheres inhibit growth of food associated moulds

S.W. Hoogerwerf, E.P.W. Kets, J. Dijksterhuis

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Abstract

Aims: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between the growth of three foodborne fungi and high-oxygen modified atmosphere. Methods and Results: Petri dishes were incubated in a series of connected flasks, which were placed in a climatized room and flushed continuously with the desired gas atmosphere. A combination of 80% oxygen and 20% carbon dioxide resulted in reduced growth of Rhizopus stolonifer, Botrytis cinerea and Penicillium discolor compared with ambient atmosphere conditions. Combining 80% oxygen and 20% carbon dioxide at 10°C arrested growth of B. cinerea for 17 d while an elevated carbon dioxide concentration only inhibited growth up to 11 d. In addition, the peroxidase activity was doubled at 80% oxygen and decreased when 10% carbon dioxide was present. Impact of the Study: This study demonstrates the potential use of elevated oxygen levels in a modified atmosphere to inhibit food-associated mould growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
JournalLetters in Applied Microbiology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • microorganisms
  • vegetables

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