1-MCP (1-Methylcyclopropene) is a powerful regulator of climacteric fruit ripening.
Concentrations of 0.1-0.5µl/L 1-MCP appeared to have the most potential as storage treatments. Use of 1-MCP could prove beneficial for European pears. Reducing the rate of ripening at ambient temperatures may increase the marketable life of the fruit, particularly in markets where the cold chain is interrupted.
Ripe pears are extremely sensitive to handling, which is the primary reason why fruit are usually sold partially green. However, in this case, 1-MCP considerably reduced skin damage without affecting normal ripening. This could prove of considerable benefit to the industry by reducing losses and improving the appearance of marketed pears.