Response of different cultivation substrates on the chilling injury symptom of sweet pepper grown in hydroponics


  • Abiodun S. AFOLABI Kangwon National University, Interdisciplinary Program in Smart Agriculture, Chuncheon 24341 (NG)
  • In-Lee CHOI Kangwon National University, Agricultural and Life Science Research Institute, Chuncheon 24341 (KR)
  • Yong Beom KWON Kangwon National University, Interdisciplinary Program in Smart Agriculture, Chuncheon 24341 (KR)
  • Joo Hwan LEE Kangwon National University, Interdisciplinary Program in Smart Agriculture, Chuncheon 24341 (KR)
  • Hyuk Sung YOON Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Piscataway, NJ, 08854 (US)
  • Ho-Min KANG Kangwon National University, Interdisciplinary Program in Smart Agriculture, Chuncheon 24341; Kangwon National University, Agricultural and Life Science Research Institute, Chuncheon 24341 (KR)



chilling injury, cocopeat, coco-perlite, modified atmosphere packaging, perlite


This study determined the chilling injury interactions of sweet peppers with their hydroponic growth substrate. The treatments were cocopeat, perlite, and a mixture of 50:50 cocopeat and perlite (coco-perlite). The fruits, when harvested, were stored for 50 days using the modified atmosphere package (MAP) at 5 °C. The results revealed no significant interactions between the growth substrate and the chilling injury indicators (respiration and ethylene production rates, electrolyte leakage, malondialdehyde), even though a significant interaction existed with the chilling injury index (a water-soaked area). This is believed to be due to the growth substrate’s significant interactions with soluble solids and dry matter, which aided cellular balance and increased chilling injury tolerance in perlite and coco-perlite treatment. Weight loss rate and firmness loss were insignificant in all treatments, and cocopeat treatment may be considered the worst of all treatments.


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How to Cite

AFOLABI, A. S., CHOI, I.-L., KWON, Y. B., LEE, J. H., YOON, H. S., & KANG, H.-M. (2023). Response of different cultivation substrates on the chilling injury symptom of sweet pepper grown in hydroponics. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 51(2), 13116.



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DOI: 10.15835/nbha51213116

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