Morphological and biochemical characteristics in fruits of Mangifera indica L. var. Ataulfo with and without conventional management


F. Guzmán-Camposeco
Juan F. Aguirre-Medina
Saúl Espinosa-Zaragoza
Juan M. Villarreal-Fuentes
Virgilio Villalobos-Villalobos
Juan F. Aguirre-Cadena
Ma. de Lourdes Arévalo-Galarza


Fruit morphometry, color, pH, Total soluble solids (TSS)


Objective: To identify the morphometric and biochemical variation in mango fruits var. Ataulfo (Mangifera indica L.) in two contrasting environments with and without conventional management.

Design/methodology/approximation: Morphological and biochemical variables were studied in mango fruits var. Ataulfo in two environments, one of them (La Norteña) with Leptosol soil and Aw climate with conventional agrochemical-based management and the other (Santa Cecilia) on Acrisol soil and Am climate with agroecological management. There were 30 fruits used, all from five trees (n=150) per study garden in a state of commercial maturity. Each fruit was considered as an experimental unit, and morphological and biochemical variables were evaluated for each fruit.

Results: Increase in fruit weight, higher pH and increase in total soluble solids, but decrease in pulp weight on site with conventional handling. Increase in pulp content and firmness in fruits from the site without handling.

Study Limitations/implications: Changes in the amount and distribution of rainfall in both environments each year.

Findings / conclusions: Morphological and biochemical modifications are presented. Greater size and weight, pH and TSS content in the conventional production system, but increased pulp and greater firmness, as well as higher citric acid content in the agroecological system. The results suggest differential effects in mango fruits according to the management and environment where they develop.

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