Data for: Pre- and post-harvest factors that affect the quality and commercialization of the Tahiti lime
Data show the results found in the evaluation of rootstocks, crop season and crop site or location on the Tahiti lime quality. As appareance is the most important trait for quality in the international market, this criteria was the response variable choosen. However different symptomatology can be identified in the external appearance of the fruit that can be triggered by either preharvest, or postharvest factors. In the current study, the effect of the location (Lebrija and Villavicencio), the rootstocks (Citromelo, Kryder and Volkameriana), the crop season (dry and rainy seasons) and the storage conditions (temperature and disinfection) on fruit quality were assessed. The relationship between the damage affecting the appearance and the evaluation factors were identified using a Pearson Chi-square statistical analysis. The best quality was observed in fruit from Lebrija, harvested in the dry season, disinfected, and stored at 10 °C. In the identification of the biological factors that affect the appearance of the Tahiti lime fruit, fungi developed during pre- and post-harvest phase were isolated, and strains of the genera Colletotrichum spp., Fusarium spp., Alternaria spp., Penicillium spp., Acremonium spp., Trichoderma spp., Curvularia spp., Phoma spp., Stachybotrys spp., and Ulocladium spp.,were identified.