East Malling Research projects aim to cut fruit storage losses

Two Horticultural Development Company-backed projects at East Malling Research are looking at optimising top fruit storage to minimise losses and to cut costs.

Project TF 201 will look at whether higher storage temperatures for Conference pears can help overcome the problem of fruit treated with SmartFresh failing to ripen when brought out of store. The effect of exposing fruit to low levels of external ethylene together with SmartFresh will also be assessed.

TF 199 meanwhile is currently looking at how the rate of establishing a controlled low-oxygen atmosphere affects the storage quality of Bramley's Seedling apples.

Both projects are led by Dr Richard Colgan, research fellow at the University of Greenwich's Natural Resources Institute, and will run until mid 2013.


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