A new freshwater cultivation species, crisp grass carp (CGC; Ctenopharyngodon idellus C. et V.) has a special texture and is popular with consumers; thus, we should pay close attention to its storage conditions and bacterial degradation. CGC and grass carp (GC; Ctenopharyngodon idellus) were commercialized as fillets and subsequently stored at 4 and 8°C. Microbial growth parameters (total viable counts, psychrotrophic bacteria, and Pseudomonas spp.), physicochemical data (pH and total volatile base nitrogen), and sensory analysis were monitored during the storage period. Dominant microorganisms were identified using a 16S rDNA clone library and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis after the fillets had spoiled completely. The results showed that Pseudomonas spp. lagged behind the psychrotrophic population and the total viable counts initially and increased more rapidly after storage for 2 days. Total volatile base nitrogen contents were found to increase with storage time in both species, coinciding with ongoing microbial change. The pH results obtained for both species during storage showed an overall increase at the end of storage. Sensory evaluation showed a shelf life of 3 and 6 days for both species at 8 and 4°C, respectively. RFLP analysis of the 16S rDNA clone library revealed that there were seven and five distinct RFLP pattern groups in the microflora of the spoiled CGC and GC fillets, respectively. Through RFLP patterns and 16S rDNA sequencing from the clones, it was determined that CGC fillets stored at 4°C were dominated by Pseudomonas spp. at the point of sensory rejection, whereas GC fillets were dominated by populations affiliated with Pseudomonas sp., Acinetobacter sp., and Aeromonas sp.

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