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Sweet peppers were stored at 4.5 and 13 "C in sealed low-density polyethylene bags (LDPE) and paper bags for 25 and 40 days respectively using air flow chambers (AFC) and storage rooms without air flow chambers (NAFC). Fruits stored in LDPE bags in the AFC system at 13 "C had superior quality ratings, less decay, less chilling injury, higher bioelectrical resistance and lower electrolyte leakage measurements after 40 days of storage compared to fruits kept in the NAFC system. These quality ratings which contributed to a longer shelf-life for fruits in the AFC system were due to the control of relative humidity (90- 95%) and reduction of cross-contamination of gases between packages and storage atmospheres which resulted in lower in-package C02 and C2H4 levels.

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