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Ethylene inhibitor compound 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), sanitizer chlorine dioxide (ClO2) and polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG) were studied to know the postharvest behavior and storage life of banana fruits (cultivar Yelakki), harvested at second stage of its ripening. Banana fruits were pretreated with the above chemicals either singly or in combination and stored in corrugated fiber board boxes at ambient condition. The 1-MCP treatment had delayed the colour change of peel as well as fruit softening and extended the shelf life by suppressing the respiration. The ripening had delayed in the fruits treated with 10-20 ppm of 1-MCP for 6 h and further increase in concentrations of 1-MCP were found to be more effective in enhancing the shelf life. It was also observed that the ripening rate, respiration rate and peel colour degradation had delayed significantly in the 1-methylcyclopropene treated fruits, whereas, the chlorine dioxide and polyhexamethylene guanidine treatments had reduced the pathological breakdown of fruits, extended the shelf life up to 15 days and retained the acceptable quality when stored at ambient condition.