Biodeterioration of melon seeds (Citrullus vulgaris Schrad) during storage.
Shelled and unshelled melon seeds were left in the open or sealed in different packaging materials, such as paper (0.15 mm), cellophane (0.05 mm), plastic (0.34 mm) and tin (0.34 mm), and stored at room temperature for 6 months. For shelled seeds, the highest increase in melon seed moisture content (5.1-10.1%) was obtained in unpacked seeds, while the lowest (5.1-7.4%) was obtained in paper package treatment. The same effect was obtained for unshelled seeds. Proximate composition deterioration, total fungal number and peroxide values increased during the storage period, and the highest increase was obtained in unpacked seeds. The fungi isolated on seeds included: Rhizopus stolonifer, Aspergillus flavus and Botrytis cinerea.