Maintaining the Quality and Storage Life of Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) with Gum, Agar, Sodium Alginate, Egg White Protein, and Lecithin Coating

Çavuşoğlu Ş., Uzun Y., Yilmaz N., ERCİŞLİ S., EREN E., Ekiert H., ...More

JOURNAL OF FUNGI, vol.7, no.8, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/jof7080614
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF FUNGI
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Agaricus bisporus, edible coatings, external ethylene, respiration rate, storage, quality, SHELF-LIFE, POSTHARVEST QUALITY, ALOE-VERA, EDIBLE COATINGS, CITRIC-ACID, CHITOSAN, FRESH, PRESERVATION, ATMOSPHERE, EXTENSION
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Button mushrooms have a very short shelf life after harvesting and are sensitive to mechanical damage and browning. This can be a severe problem in enlarging the market and the long-distance exportation of this product. In this respect, edible coatings could be an alternative treatment to extend the shelf life of button mushrooms, maintaining their quality during long-term storage. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of gum, agar, sodium alginate, egg white protein, and lecithin on the postharvest weight loss, color, browning, respiration rate, ethylene production, and storage life of button mushrooms. The results showed that the above-mentioned edible coatings are a promising way to extend the life and maintain the quality of button mushrooms. Significant differences (p < 0.05) were observed between the control and edible coating-treated samples in all parameters. Sodium alginate and gum were more effective in preventing weight loss, coloring, and browning than other edible coatings. On the other hand, the respiration rate and ethylene production were more suppressed by the agar and lecithin coatings compared to the others. In conclusion, it can be recommended that the above-mentioned edible coatings could be used as novel coatings in commercial treatments for maintaining the quality of button mushrooms during a long-term storage period.