Fruits stored in a cold chamber exhibit longer storage life because
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(a) exposure to sunlight is prevented
(b) concentration of carbon dioxide in the environment is increased
(c) rate of respiration is decreased
(d) there is an increase in humidity
- By placing fruits and vegetables in cold storage, their shelf life can be extended as it slows down the ripening process and keeps them fresh for a longer period.
- This is because the respiration rate of fruits decreases in a cold environment, which reduces the amount of ethylene gas they release.
- Ethylene is commonly referred to as the “fruit-ripening hormone,” and its production varies depending on the type of fruit.
- When fruits are kept in cold storage, the rate of ethylene production decreases, leading to an increase in their overall shelf life.